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Southwest flight makes emergency maneuver Saturday to avoid collision course with another plane [Updated]

February 16, 2010 |  3:34 pm

A Southwest Airlines flight heading to Burbank was on a brief collision course with a small private aircraft Saturday afternoon and had to execute an evasive maneuver, causing injuries to two flight attendants, according to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Southwest Flight 2534, with 85 people on board, was flying at about 6,000 feet and was 20 miles out of Bob Hope Airport about 12:45 p.m when an alert sounded in the cockpit, warning that the Boeing 737 was on a collision course with other aircraft, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

The Southwest pilot made an emergency descent and then climbed, causing one of the attendants to break a shoulder, Gregor said. The flight landed at Bob Hope without incident.

Officials from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

[Updated at 5:45 p.m.: A Southwest spokeswoman said the flight departed from Las Vegas with 80 passengers and that the two employees were treated for their injuries and released.]

-- Robert J. Lopez