Southwest expects normal Chicago Midway operations after harrowing Sunday


The airline blamed freezing conditions at the airport for slowing down crews in charge of de-icing the planes, the statement said.

Southwest Airlines working on restoring a normal schedule at Chicago's Midway Airport on Monday after canceling almost all flights Sunday because it ran out of de-icing fluid during a snow storm.

According to CBS Los Angeles, smoke was detected in the cabin but all the 139 passengers escaped unscathed, save for some minor injuries as a result of going down the slides.

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However, the blaze was quickly extinguished by the aircraft's suppression system.

Southwest is scheduled to operate more than 250 flights out of Midway on Monday. While a supply of the de-icing liquid arrived early Monday, a "handful of flights" may still be canceled, she said.

The incident forced authorities at the airport to partially closed the taxiway occupied by the aircraft, although operations resumed as normal shortly afterward.

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While Southwest accounted for the majority of cancellations at Midway on Sunday, the airport said over 250 total flights were canceled due to "winter operational issues" on Twitter.

A winter Storm hit Midway with over 13 inches of snowfall since Thursday, while O'Hare recorded 12.3 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

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