Skywest CRJ9 near Minneapolis on Feb 24th 2016, autopilot with own mind

Last Update: March 5, 2016 / 20:04:36 GMT/Zulu time

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A Skywest Canadair CRJ-900 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N162PQ performing flight OO-4563/DL-4563 from Minneapolis,MN to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA), was climbing out of Minneapolis when the crew levelled the aircraft off at FL280 reporting the autopilot refused to be engaged. The aircraft continued towards Houston. About 30 minutes later the crew requested to climb to FL360 reporting they were now able to engage the autopilot. The aircraft continued to Houston for a safe landing about 90 minutes after leaving FL280.

A passenger reported that the captain announced not too long after takeoff that they had problems with the autopilot and needed to fly at a lower altitude meaning, they would need to burn more fuel and would likely have to divert to Tulsa,OK (USA). About an hour later the captain announced, that the autopilot was fixed - a button had been stuck, the button was no longer stuck and they would now continue to Houston.
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