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Sensor Causes Fire Scare for Southwest 737 Landing at Sea-Tac

Sensor Causes Fire Scare for Southwest 737 Landing at Sea-Tac



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SEATAC, Wash. (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration says a Southwest Airlines flight from Salt Lake City landed safely at Sea-Tac Airport after a light indicated a fire in a storage area.

The pilot discharged a fire extinguisher and firefighters met the plane.

A Southwest spokeswoman, Brandy King, says there was no fire. She says the problem was a malfunction with the sensor in the cargo area.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the pilot believed there was a fire in the forward storage area and discharged the halon fire extinguisher. He says once it was discharged, the light went out.

The plane landed without incident at Sea-Tac, its destination.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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