Transcript for Southwest flight makes emergency landing at Orlando International Airport
Next here, a southwest flight out of fment Lauderdale blowing a tire on takeoff, then once in the air, diverted to Orlando to make an emergency landing. Here's ABC's David Kerley. Reporter: Emergency vehicles immediately approaching the southwest 737 in Orlando, after that blown nose gear tire taking off from ft. Lauderdale. The airline says the diversion was out of an abundance of caution. This, as southwest has been forced to cancel hundreds of flights the past week and a half because of unavailability of aircraft. The airline calling it an operational emergency, blaming maintenance problems on labor issues, saying a slowdown started after its last negotiating session with its 2,400 mechanics. Now that there's problems with the mechanics union, there seem to be fewer airplanes available on a daily basis. Reporter: Southwest mechanics have been negotiating with the airline for a new contract for the past six years. While the labor and maintenance issues are unrelated to that blown tire today, it is another public relations incident for southwest airlines to deal with. David? David Kerley tonight. David, thank you.
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