Engine Fire Forces Southwest Airlines Plane to Cancel Takeoff in Texas
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies 

DALLAS—A Southwest Airlines flight was abruptly halted on Thursday at the Lubbock, Texas, airport after reports of an engine fire prompted pilots to abort takeoff and return to the gate.

Southwest Airlines disclosed on Friday that pilots received indications of a potential engine issue shortly before the scheduled departure, prompting the Boeing 737 aircraft to taxi back to the terminal at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

According to statements from the Lubbock fire department, responders confirmed the presence of a fire in one of the two engines, which required swift extinguishing measures.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that it has launched an investigation into the incident.

The flight, bound for Las Vegas and carrying 154 passengers and a crew of six, was disrupted by the emergency. Southwest Airlines arranged for a replacement aircraft to be flown in from Dallas to complete the journey later that evening.

The affected plane, identified as a Boeing 737-800, is an older model in comparison to the 737 Max series. The engines, manufactured by CFM International, a collaboration between General Electric and France’s Safran S.A., are under scrutiny as part of the investigation.

The incident underscores the importance of rigorous safety protocols in aviation and highlights the swift response of both the airline crew and emergency responders in mitigating potential risks to passengers and crew.

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