Southwest plane passengers forced to evacuate before takeoff at John Wayne Airport

15 February, 2018, 05:37 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • Southwest has'multiple glycol deliveries scheduled for Monday and expects to resume'close to normal operations at Midway

The emergency slides were deployed and the plane's 139 passengers and five crew members were all evacuated safely and the fire was extinguished.

A departure board shows cancellation flights of Southwest Airlines at Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago after a winter storm moving across the Great Lakes forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights on February 11, 2018.

The airline proactively cancelled about 220 flights from Chicago Midway on Sunday afternoon "due to the severity of the winter weather", a spokesperson said, according to the Chicago Tribune. Several people have sustained minor injuries.

Southwest confirmed that canceled about 220 flights and has offered refunds or flight vouchers to passengers of the canceled flights.

The carrier had cancelled six Midway departures as of mid-morning on Monday, according to FlightAware.




In a statement, the airline said its employees in Orange County were "working diligently" to make accommodations for passengers.

John Wayne Airport tweeted that the fire had been put out just before 8:00 p.m.

Due to a fire believed to be in the auxiliary power unit, the plane's crew chose to evacuate the plane.

About an hour after the incident, airport officials tweeted that operations were back to normal.

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