Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Southwest flight forced to evacuate due to smoke in the aircraft

Southwest flight forced to evacuate due to smoke in the aircraft

Hundreds of passengers were stranded at Midway Sunday, with deliveries of more de-icer not expected until Monday, according to the airline. "We will continue to work with our customers on their travel plans and apologize for any inconvenience the disruption in service has caused".

Flights departing and arriving from Chicago's O'Hare Airport didn't fare much better.

"Those developments, coupled with a more positive weather forecast for Chicago position us to safely operate our more than 250 departures out of Chicago Midway". An airline spokesperson said Southwest had "actively worked to manage" its level of glycol, which is used to de-ice aircraft, but "proactively" cancelled at least 220 flights Sunday after levels ran low, USA Today reports.

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Three days after Christmas, almost 90 Southwest flights were canceled at Midway Airport because of delays caused by the de-icing of planes, according to a statement from the airline.

Southwest faced similar problems in December, the Tribune reported, when it canceled around 90 flights due to difficulties de-icing its planes. An hour after the fire was first reported, Southwest Airlines was still working on getting those passengers onto other flights the same night, Thompson said.

A flight from John Wayne Airport was forced to evacuate at a gate due to smoke in the aircraft. Chicago temperatures dropped to below 20 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday during the storm.

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