Thursday, December 04, 2014

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737: Incident occurred December 04, 2014 at Port Columbus International Airport (KCMH), Columbus, Ohio

An aircraft heating cart burst into flames early today at Port Columbus International Airport, damaging a Southwest Airlines plane parked at the gate.

The fire occurred shortly before 2 a.m. outside gate A6, airport spokeswoman Angie Tabor said.

No passengers or crew members were on the plane when the fire broke out, Tabor said.

Airport firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, and no one was injured, Tabor said.

The Southwest plane was positioned over the heating cart, which was being used to warm the cabin of the parked aircraft, said Michelle Agnew, a spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines.

The bottom and at least one side of the plane were visibly scorched.

Mechanics were assessing the damage to the plane early today, Agnew said.

Southwest Airlines has canceled flight 453 to Baltimore, which was scheduled to depart Port Columbus this morning at 6:00 a.m.

Tabor said there did not appear to be any damage to the jet bridge at A6, and she expected that flights would be able to arrive and depart from that gate this morning.

All other operations at Port Columbus were unaffected by the fire, Tabor said.

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