OAKLAND (CBS/BCN) — A Southwest Airlines plane en route to Chicago from San Francisco International Airport made an emergency landing at Oakland International Airport due to the activation of a warning light Saturday afternoon, according to a Southwest Airlines representative.

Pilots operating flight No. 450, which departed from SFO at 2:51 p.m. Saturday, noticed a light indicating that there was an overheat in the wheel well, Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said.

Per protocol, the plane carrying 86 passengers bound for Chicago Midway Airport was diverted to the nearest airport, which was Oakland International, King said.

Once on the ground, fire crews inspected the 737 Boeing jetliner.

“There was no indication of an overheat or a fire,” King said.

The passengers deplaned and will board another flight, King said.

“Everyone is safe, waiting to board the next aircraft,” King said at about 4:15 p.m.

Maintenance crews are working to determine what caused the indicator light to illuminate, King said.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
LIVE: Monday through Friday from 3am – 3pm PST

Watch & Listen LIVE