Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing At Port Columbus - WFLA News Channel 8

Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing At Port Columbus

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Madeline Paige Madeline Paige
COLUMBUS, Ohio -

Passengers and crew members were evacuated after a Southwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Port Columbus International Airport late Tuesday night.

According to airport officials, Southwest Airlines flight 424 en route from Baltimore/Washington to Chicago-Midway was diverted to Port Columbus at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a smoke indication in the forward cargo hold.

The emergency slide was deployed and a total of 54 people, 49 passengers and five crew members, were evacuated from the plane and onto the runway.

Through further investigation, airport crews were able to determine there was smoke in the forward cargo hold, according to the airline.

The airline said that the aircraft was taken out of service for further inspections.

Passengers were picked up on the tarmac and bused to the terminal. They were then placed on another Southwest aircraft to Chicago-Midway at 1:39 a.m. Wednesday.

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