San Jose-bound airplane evacuated at SoCal airport with smoke showing

Marcus Newton
February 15, 2018

Southwest Airlines officials say flights are operating close to normal at Chicago's Midway International Airport after the airline canceled hundreds of them Sunday because of a shortage of de-icing fluid.

Southwest is scheduled to operate more than 250 flights out of Midway on Monday.

The incident forced authorities at the airport to partially closed the taxiway occupied by the aircraft, although operations resumed as normal shortly afterward. An airline spokesperson said Southwest had "actively worked to manage" its level of glycol, which is used to de-ice aircraft, but "proactively" cancelled at least 220 flights Sunday after levels ran low, USA Today reports.

Southwest was forced to cancel almost all of its Sunday flights as it waited for the pump to be repaired.

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Midway, with about 250 daily departures, is Southwest's largest airport operation. The day after Christmas, the airline cancelled nearly 90 flights because of delays over de-icing aircraft.

- A Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated on Monday evening soon after pushing back from a gate at John Wayne Airport because of smoke in the aircraft, believed to have come from an auxiliary power unit, officials said.

Temperatures in Chicago on Sunday were in the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service.

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