11 May, 2011

Southwest jet makes emergency landing in Oklahoma City


A Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing Tuesday night at Will Rogers World Airport after its crew reported smoke in the cockpit, officials said.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said the Boeing 737 landed safely just after 10:30 p.m. There were no signs of a fire on the plane, and it was taxied to a terminal where it will undergo a thorough inspection.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins said Flight 542 was carrying 49 passengers from Kansas City, Mo., to Dallas when it was diverted to Oklahoma City.

“There was a problem with a heating element in one of the windows in the cockpit,” Hawkins said. “When that started to have a problem, the captain elected to stop over in Oklahoma City and swap aircraft out of an abundance of caution.”

No one on the plane was injured. Hawkins said the airline sent another plane to Oklahoma City from Dallas to get the passengers to their destination without needing to stay in Oklahoma City overnight.