Saturday, August 26, 2017

John Glenn Columbus International Airport (KCMH), Ohio: Southwest flight makes safe emergency landing after 'wheel issue'

COLUMBUS -- Columbus firefighters are still on scene at John Glenn Columbus International Airport as a plane with a wheel issue landed safely.

According to the Columbus Fire Department, there was a 737 circling the airport. Multiple fire departments awaited the landing on the tarmac and are still on scene.

Southwest Flight 2803, bound for Fort Lauderdale, left the airport successfully, according to Manager of Communications for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority Angie Tabor, but tire remnants were found on the runway.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we called the plane back," Tabor said. According to Tabor there were 127 people on board.

According to Tabor, there was a chunk of one of the tires on the front landing gear missing, but it was still inflated.

The plane originally departed at 3:12 p.m. and landed safely about 4:40 p.m. in Columbus. No injuries were reported.

This statement from Southwest Airlines was sent to WBNS by Melissa Ford:

"Southwest Airlines Flight 2803, enroute from Columbus, Ohio to Fort Lauderdale, experienced a tire issue in the main landing gear during takeoff. Our pilots became aware and the decision was made to return to Columbus, where the aircraft landed safely and taxied to the gate to deplane the 127 Customers onboard. Each component of the landing gear is designed with redundant, multiple tires, and our pilots are trained to handle these types of landings. We apologize for the inconvenience to the customers onboard. The safety of our crew and customers is our top priority."

A new aircraft will be landing soon in Columbus to take customers to Fort Lauderdale, and they are expected to arrive about 4 hours behind schedule.

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