Southwest flight lands emergency in California

A Southwest flight made an emergency landing at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after smoke was reported in one part of the ship.

Officials say that fire was created in the auxiliary power unit but that it was already contained.

Flight 2123 to San Jose had just retreated at approximately 7:30 pm when smoke was detected in the Boeing 737’s cabin, according to airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson.

“Upon push back of the aircraft, the Captain in command of Flight #2123 with scheduled service from Orange County to San Jose received an indication by ground personnel of a possible fire near the rear exterior of aircraft,” a Southwest spokesperson said.

“Standard protocol was initiated and evacuation slides were deployed. Local Fire and Rescue met the aircraft and the 139 passengers and five Crew Members departed the aircraft via the slides.”

The passengers were evacuated from the plane using emergency slides.

Airport officials say there are some people with minor injuries but nobody was transported to the hospital.

Southwest Airlines was working to get passengers on another flight to San Jose.

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