Southwest Airlines craft evacuated just before takeoff

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A fire on a Southwest Airlines craft forced it to be evacuated just before takeoff at a Southern California airport Monday night. Officials from John Wayne Airport contend the organisation of the Boeing 737 motionless the craft should be evacuated using the aircraft’s front emergency slides just after the craft had pushed back from the gate.

There were 139 passengers and 5 organisation members on board, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

CBS Los Angeles reports smoke was rescued in the cabin and some people suffered teenager injuries as they went down the slides.

FAA orator Allen Kenitzer says the fire was in the airliner’s auxiliary energy section and was extinguished with the plane’s fire termination system. The auxiliary energy section provides energy to start the aircraft’s categorical engines and serves as backup energy in some situations.

It forced a prejudiced shutdown of the airport’s taxiway, but airport operations after returned to normal.

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