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Southwest Airlines Plane Tire Catches Fire Upon Landing

A tire on Southwest Airlines Flight 519 caught fire after touching down at Houston's Hobby Airport. Tire failure (blow out) was the likely cause. Fortunately, the fire was extinguished and passengers were evacuated safely via emergency slides. No significant injuries are being reported at this time and air traffic is being allowed to flow in and out of HOU.

HOUSTON -- Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans were forced to slide down emergency chutes after a tire caught fire as the plane landed in Houston. Passengers forced to evacuate on Southwest Airlines plane

Southwest Airlines spokesman Paul Flaningan says no one was injured.

Flaningan says the tire blew around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday as Flight 519 from New Orleans landed at Houston Hobby Airport.

Passengers told 11 News that they had no idea anything was wrong until they landed. That's when they were told they would need to evacuate down the chute.

They say that for the most part everyone remained calm while the crew helped passengers out of the plane.

Passengers also say they waited on the runway for approximately an hour before they were transported to the terminal.
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They left the airport without their belongings, but Southwest will get them their luggage as soon as they can.

Flaningan said there were five crew members and 47 passengers on board.

The fire was contained to the tire.

The plane was still on the runway late Tuesday night. It will not be moved until the NTSB is able to conduct an investigation.

source : http://www.kvue.com

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