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Raw; SWA Plane Catches Fire Landing at Houston Airport

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Southwest Airlines plane landed with flames spouting underneath the aircraft after one of its rear tires caught on fire.

Those flames started under the aircraft, and got larger in the moments after the plane came to a stop Tuesday evening at Hobby Airport.
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.
Southwest flight 519 departed New Orleans at 6:44pm CT with 47 passengers and five crew members headed to Houston. The 737 was scheduled to land at 7:49pm and actually landed around 7:45pm.
Upon landing, one of the plane's right rear tires blew out and caught fire. An emergency was declared and as firefighters shot water at the flames, passengers and crew slid down an emergency exit ramp on the rear left side of the plane.
The fire was doused about eight minutes later. No serious injuries were reported, only two minor injuries from coming down the slide. One person was transported to SE Memorial with an ankle injury. The other was treated at the airport for a knee injury.
According to the FAA, there were no reports of any issues with the landing gear prior to landing.
An airport spokesperson said two out of the three runways at Hobby are still closed.

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Added: May-12-2009 Occurred On: May-12-2009
By: bellava
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