Investigation Into SW Airlines Fire in Houston

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

HOUSTON (AP) - What caused a tire on a Southwest Airlines flight into Houston to catch fire? Passengers on the flight from New Orleans were forced to slide down emergency chutes after a tire
caught fire as the plane landed in Houston Tuesday night. Now investigators want to know what caused the fire.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Paul Flaningan said no one was
injured. Flaningan said the tire blew around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday as Flight
519 from New Orleans landed at Houston Hobby Airport. He said the fire was contained to the tire. Television footage showed passengers deplaning via emergency chutes. Flaningan said there were five crew members and 47 passengers on board.

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