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Southwest flight makes emergency landing at Calif. airport

  • A Southwest Airlines jetliner maneuvered around the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in April 2011 in Phoenix. (AP Photos/The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza)

OAKLAND, Calif. » A Southwest Airlines flight made what appeared to be a normal landing after circling for several hours over an Oakland, California, airport due to a possible landing gear problems.

TV helicopter video showed Southwest flight 2547 landing at Oakland International Airport with a puff of smoke from its tires.

KRON-TV reports the Chicago-bound flight took off from Oakland about 6 a.m. The station reported a front tire on the landing gear is blown out.

There are 139 passengers on the plane. No injuries have been reported onboard.

Southwest and the airport did not immediately respond requests for comment

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  • Regarding: “…after circling for several hours over an Oakland, California, airport due to a possible landing gear problems”

    That would drive me CRAZY !!!!!

  • Southwest did not comment because it turned out to be a non-incident. The plane landed safely. End of story. But if you wanted to do a story on the “hours” of sheer terror while expecting certain death and destruction” drama the passengers conjured up and psyched themselves into, you’d have to talk to them. Regarding the “puff of smoke from its tires….”, ALL airplane tires emit a “puff of smoke” on every landing…It’s caused by simple FRICTION between the tires and the runway. Nothing to see here folks, move along…..

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