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Social media posts appear to show actor Keanu Reeves in Bakersfield after flight diverted

Posted: 12:08 PM, Mar 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-26 15:23:36-04
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Social media posts appear to show actor Keanu Reeves in Bakersfield after a flight was diverted.

Instagram video by L.A.-based artist Brian Rea appear to show Reeves in a minibus reading off facts about Bakersfield. Reeves also apparently played some 'Bakersfield Sound' during the ride from Bakersfield to Burbank.

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Hey everyone! There’s been a lot of attention (more than I ever intended) about a recent story I posted about an “adventure“ on a minibus with one of the greatest actors of our time. I don’t have anything to add other than that all the passengers were incredibly kind and lovely people, including the folks who took care of us in Bakersfield, CA. Perhaps though, with all this attention we can do some good. In the spirit of what a generous person Mr. Reeves is here are a few charities that I think he would appreciate if you all donate to. If you do have copies of the video (news outlets), please attach links to these charities alongside them. Let’s all do some good. 🙏 I will also post direct links in my stories so you can easily click to each of these. 🚐🌴🦄💛 #itssuchaprettyworldtoday

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According to Mark Witsoe, Dir. of Communications for Meadows Field Airport, on Saturday afternoon, SkyWest (United Airlines) Flight 5223 from San Francisco to Burbank was diverted unexpectedly to Meadows Field Airport due to engine problems.

SkyWest confirmed the diversion in a statement to 23ABC.

SkyWest Flight 5223, operating as United Express from San Francisco to Burbank on Saturday, March 23, diverted to Bakersfield due to a mechanical indication. The flight landed safely without incident in Bakersfield. Passengers deplaned normally at the gate and were then transported via ground transportation to Burbank.

Witsoe says United Airlines eventually called A-One Taxi, which rents a "starter space" at Meadows, and hired them to bring several vans to the airport. Those vans then transported the passengers to Burbank.

Witsoe says he believes the passengers were there for a couple hours, leaving around 4 p.m.