Fire on Southwest flight at John Wayne Airport forces evacuation


More than 100 people were forced to evacuate a Southwest Airlines plane Monday night after a fire was reported on board.

Southwest Airlines canceled more than 200 flights out of Midway International Airport Sunday after running out of the product they use to de-ice planes.

No serious injuries were reported, according to a statement from Southwest Airlines.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, a total of 264 flights on all airlines had been canceled out of Midway and another 235 were canceled out of O'Hare.

The passengers were accommodated in another aircraft by late evening.

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority, said the fire originated in the plane's auxiliary power unit, which provides power to start the aircraft's main engines and can be used as a backup source of power in some situations.

Southwest Airlines Co.'s cancellation of 250 flights at Midway Airport Feb. 11 was the third time in two months that a shortage of de-icing fluid has complicated the carrier's Chicago operations.

The airport initially said the plane had landed prior to the fire, but later corrected their tweet.

As of Monday morning, "Southwest has resumed operations at Chicago (Midway) and expects to operate a close to normal schedule", a spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Travel + Leisure.