Southwest flight makes emergency landing

Sept. 7, 2009 at 8:56 PM
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TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Two people were slightly injured when a Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing Monday at Tampa International Airport, authorities said.

Flight 1245, a B-737, landed safely at 5:38 p.m. EDT. The Orlando (Fla.)-to-Denver flight was diverted after the pilot reported a smoke alert with possible fire in the lavatory, airport officials said in a news release.

There were 129 passengers and crew on board. Passengers disembarked using emergency slides and were loaded onto buses to be taken to the main terminal.

Firefighters confirmed there was smoke in the cabin.

Passengers were taken to a charter lounge where their bags and personal belongings were returned to them and airport officials said the passengers were later put on another Southwest plane and departed for Denver.

Tampa Fire Rescue reported two minor injuries. Two passengers asked for ice packs and one reported feeling dizzy.

A runway that had been closed as part of the emergency landing was inspected and then reopened at 6:28 p.m., airport officials said.

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