Southwest flight bound for Austin makes emergency landing

In this June 4, 2014 photo, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 comes in for a landing at Love Field in Dallas. The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday, July 28, 2014 is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
In this June 4, 2014 photo, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 comes in for a landing at Love Field in Dallas. The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday, July 28, 2014 is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A Southwest Airlines flight returned to Dallas Love Field Friday morning after it blew a tire on takeoff; Flight 8 had 125 people on board and was headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The pilot of the 737-700 with 125 people  on board declared an emergency and turned back to dallas.  The pilot conducted a fly by at the Dallas airport to allow ground crews to get a better look at the damaged tire.

The plane landed without incident in Dallas and was towed to the gate. Southwest Airlines officials told NBC the passengers would be put on another plane and allowed to continue their journey to Austin.

 

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