Southwest Resumes Flights at Chicago Midway After Running Out of De-icing Fluid

Southwest Resumes Flights at Chicago Midway After Running Out of De-icing Fluid

'We have paused our service for the remainder of the day for the safety of our customers and crews, ' the airline said in a statement.

Flights departing and arriving from Chicago's O'Hare Airport didn't fare much better.

The incident forced authorities at the airport to partially closed the taxiway occupied by the aircraft, although operations resumed as normal shortly afterward. The airline said flight 2123 was pushing back from the gate when the ground crew observed a possible fire near the rear exterior of the aircraft.

Southwest is scheduled to operate more than 250 flights out of Midway on Monday.

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Midway, with about 250 daily departures, is Southwest's largest airport operation.

Southwest faced similar problems in December, the Tribune reported, when it canceled around 90 flights due to difficulties de-icing its planes.

Soon after the fire was reported, the airline crew made a decision to evacuate passengers from the plane, the airport said in tweet. While a supply of the de-icing liquid arrived early Monday, a "handful of flights" may still be canceled, she said. Chicago temperatures dropped to below 20 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday during the storm.

Even more snow, and some sleet, fell on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, prompting a Winter Weather Advisory and hazardous travel conditions in some areas.

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