Southwest Airlines flight evacuated after blaze breaks out in power unit

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"We have paused our service for the remainder of the day for the safety of our customers and crews", Southwest said in a statement.

The passengers were being put on a different Southwest flight. "We will continue to work with our customers on their travel plans and apologize for any inconvenience the disruption in service has caused".

The airline proactively cancelled about 220 flights from Chicago Midway on Sunday afternoon "due to the severity of the winter weather", a spokesperson said, according to the Chicago Tribune. Southwest Airlines cancelled over 200 flights at Midway after running out of de-icing fluid Sunday.

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This is the second time Southwest has dealt with de-icing difficulties at Chicago's Midway Airport since December.

Flight 2123 to San Jose had just pushed back about 7:30 p.m. when smoke was detected in the cabin of the Boeing 737, according to airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson. By late Sunday, a total of 235 flights on all airlines were canceled and the average delay on departing flights was around 22 minutes as of 4pm on Sunday. The cold weather and snow resulted in the cancellation of flights at the O'Hare and Midway airports. It is the very first flight Miller has ever been on in his life.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the blaze was in the airliner's auxiliary power unit and was extinguished with the plane's fire suppression system.

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