Airliner lands in Phoenix with wheel ablaze

June 16, 2008 12:34:00 PM PDT
A Southwest Airlines flight landed at Sky Harbor International Airport on Monday with flames coming from a wheel in its right rear landing gear. The fire was quickly put out on the runway and no one was injured, said airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez.

Southwest Flight 2511, with 127 passengers, had originated at Austin, Texas, officials said.

Rodriguez said the aircraft remained on the airport's north runway while passengers were taken to a terminal.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger in Dallas had no information on the fire but said one of the plane's tires blew out. She said the cause of the blowout was still under investigation.

The aircraft was to be taken to a nearby Southwest maintenance facility so mechanics could inspect it, and Southwest would put another plane into service in its place, Eichinger said.

Sky Harbor's two south runways remained in service for landings and takeoffs.