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Southwest Plane Grounded In Sacramento After Tires Blow

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Southwest Jets lined up at an airport terminal (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Southwest Jets lined up at an airport terminal (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS) — Rescue firefighters responded to a Southwest Airlines flight in distress after two tires blew on the runway Tuesday evening, leaving the jet and its passengers grounded.

Sacramento International Airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower says the left main tires blew at about 6:15pm as Southwest flight 2287 was departing for Seattle.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Katie McDonald says the pilot quickly aborted the takeoff and emergency crews were called in to hose down the 737 as a precautionary measure. They later set up a portable stairway to let the 130 passengers off the plane.

Slothower said there were no injuries and the tires did not spark a fire. McDonald says all passengers are being booked onto other flights.

Officials have not determined what caused the blowout and the incident is being investigated.

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