Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing in SLC after engine fire

Travel Delays Caused By Southwest Airlines Glitch
File picture of a Southwest Airlines plane. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 26, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A Southwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Salt Lake City International Airport on Monday morning after an engine fire, officials said.

Airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer told Gephardt Daily the plane left the gate in Salt Lake City at 6:40 a.m., and shortly after takeoff the right engine caught fire. The plane, flight 604 heading for Los Angeles International Airport, immediately returned to the airport without incident.

No one was injured, Volmer said.

According to a statement released by Southwest, the passengers were then moved to a different aircraft to resume the flight to LAX.

The statement from Southwest Airlines reads:

The pilots of flight 604 operating today from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) elected to return to SLC after receiving a cockpit indication of a performance issue with one of the aircraft engines. Following established protocol and procedures, the pilots completed an uneventful landing. The customers will be swapped to a new aircraft to continue the flight to LAX. We apologize for the inconvenience, but safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines.


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