TAMPA — A Southwest flight bound for Los Angeles had to turn back to Tampa International Airport on Thursday evening and make an emergency landing.
The Boeing 737-700 landed safely at 7:54 p.m. Airport spokeswoman Emily Nipps said the plane was experiencing a mechanical problem with its front landing gear.
“It just landed safely and now they are busing the passengers to the main terminal,” she said.
Southwest flight 2222 took off with 137 passengers at 6:08 p.m. for Los Angeles International Airport.
It was not known if the problem occurred at takeoff.
It spent an hour and 46 minutes in the air, according to the flight tracking website flightaware.com, circling for a total of 432 miles between Tampa and the Gulf of Mexico.
The plane will not fly again until the nose landing gear has been evaluated, Nipps said. A new aircraft is being brought in for the passengers to board and is expected to arrive in Los Angeles a few hours behind schedule, a spokesman for Southwest said. Nobody was injured during the incident.
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