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Southwest flight has trouble with wing flap, makes unscheduled landing at DFW Airport

Southwest Airlines announced plans to launch its first flights to Hawaii, but flights may not begin until 2019.
Southwest Airlines announced plans to launch its first flights to Hawaii, but flights may not begin until 2019. Star-Telegram

A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Nashville to Dallas-Love Field on Monday night had an issue getting one of its wing flaps extended and made an unscheduled landing at DFW International Airport, about 20 miles short of its destination.

According to the airline, an indicator in the cockpit of Southwest Flight 1118 signaled that one of the flaps might not have fully extended. The flight was carrying 103 passengers at the time.

The plane is a Boeing 737-700, which has come under scrutiny in recent weeks.

The airline said that out of an abundance of caution, the pilot elected to utilize the longest available runway at nearby DFW to land the plane safely. The landing was uneventful, the airline said in an email.

The 103 passengers were deplaned at DFW and the airline said those who had a ride or wished to leave directly from DFW were able to claim their baggage and do so. After the aircraft was inspected it flew from DFW to Dallas Love Field without any passengers aboard. It landed a little more than an hour late at 10:51 p.m., according to Flightaware.com.

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The airline said it has reached out by email to the passengers on the flight explaining the reasons for the unscheduled landing. It also said that customers received information on how to request reimbursement for ground transportation costs, which the company deemed a "gesture of goodwill" for the inconvenience.

A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Phoenix to Dallas on Sunday night made an emergency landing in New Mexico after smoke reportedly filled the aircraft's cabin.

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