Southwest flight makes unplanned stop in Dallas over flap fear

Blanche Robertson
May 9, 2018

Southwest Airlines, which has gone in five years from no presence at all to the second-largest carrier at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, is about to expand its footprint again.

News outlets report the airline released a statement saying "a ground vehicle came into contact with the aircraft" at BWI early Monday morning.

There were no injuries reported to the 172 passengers aboard, the FAA said.

Southwest Airlines planes as seen Thursday, April 24, 2014 at McCarran International Airport.

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Southwest has been under the microscope of late for a series of incidents, beginning with a fatal ordeal aboard a plane last month when an engine blew in mid flight over Pennsylvania.

Southwest Flight 6263 was arriving from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a little after 1:30 a.m. when the accident happened.

Southwest Airlines says a flight from Nashville, Tennessee, had to make an unscheduled landing in Dallas. Southwest said that the aircraft is now out of service. "It would be irresponsible to provide details until we've had time to thoroughly review the facts", Southwest spokeswoman Michelle Agnew said.

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