The south-west of airplane passengers forced to evacuate before takeoff at John Wayne Airport

A Southwest plane was forced to evacuate in California John Wayne Airport on Monday night after a fire broke out on board the airport said.

Flight 2123 was set to take off from the airport to San Jose, California. At 7:25 pm, when the ground crew saw smoke from the back of the plane, according to ABC-7. The airport said that the fire is believed to have occurred in the auxiliary power unit.

Southwest Airlines flight #2123 landed at the John Wayne Airport. A fire was reported, chutes were deployed for the evacuation of the passengers and the crew members. Fire is out. Additional data treatment.

— John Wayne Airport (@JohnWayneAir) February 13, 2018

The plane emergency slides were deployed and the aircraft is 139 passengers and five crew members safely evacuated, the airport said. There were a few “minor injuries,” but no one was taken to the hospital.

Emergency slides deployed from a SW 737 @JohnWayneAir

— christina heller (@CHellerTVNews) February 13, 2018

The airport initially said that the plane had landed prior to the fire, but later corrected their tweet.

The airport said its operations returned to normal.

Edmund Initiative is a news editor for Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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