Southwest Airlines Plane Caught fire in Texas

May 12, 2009 6:23:34 PM PDT
A Southwest Airlines aircraft landed Tuesday evening at Hobby Airport and one of the plane's tires caught on fire. Those flames started under the aircraft, and got larger in the moments after the plane came to a stop. Minutes later, fire crews arrived to put out the fire, and the passengers jumped down an emergency slide evacuating the plane one at a time.

The passengers stood in a grassy median until they were taken back to the terminal. According to the pilot, air traffic shut all the runways down temporarily. The runways are now back open.

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