plane.pngA 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 this afternoon, according to a Southwest Airlines representative.

Pilots operating flight No. 450, which departed from SFO at 2:51 p.m. today, 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.

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  • tjbrave902

    I was on this plane and the author of the story should know that the landing was anything but “uneventful”. Around 3:15 we heard a loud noise outside the aircraft. I’m pretty sure that was the landing gear being dropped. About 5 minutes later the crew began to prepare us for an emergency landing and evacuation. Their exact words were, “This is a very serious situation!” The crew was exceptional, but visibly shaken. Another 10 minutes passed. Almost all the passengers were in tears, holding hands and praying. My wife and I were on our way home from our honeymoon. I told her I loved her, almost certain this would be the last time I’d get to say it. About 5 minutes before landing the plane made an extremely steep dive, down and to the right. At this point we had no information on why, or where, we were making the emergency landing so the intense drop in altitude sealed the deal for most of us. The crew started screaming, “TAKE YOUR POSITIONS! BRACE YOURSELVES!. I think we all thought this was it. Since most of us on the plane had never landed in Oakland we were not prepared to see water on both sides of the plane before landing. We all thought we were ditching in a large body of water. Just before the runway appeared some yahoo started screaming in the back of the plane, “YEAH BABY, LET’S DO THIS! I’VE GOT SOMEWHERE TO GET TO SAFE! WE ALL DO”! I imagine that was his way of coping with the situation, but it didn’t help the rest of us. We landed and the entire plane started clapping.

    The Southwest spokesperson is making this situation sound a lot less scary than it really was.

    One last thing before I try to sleep tonight. When we prepared to take off on the second plane the pilot, who got us to Oakland safely and I’m sure did a great job following protocol, didn’t even mention what just happened. He simply said, “I checked with corporate and we are not going to charge you for the flight from San Francisco to Oakland.” Thanks for taking your job seriously jerk. I’m sure you knew more about what was happening to your plane, but we didn’t. We simply thought our lives were going to be cut short.

    Takeaways for Southwest: 1) We like your funny pilots, but not when we just made an emergency landing. Very unprofessional. 2) Give your passengers more information. Are we landing on land or in water? What’s wrong with the plane? I’m sure there are guidelines to avoid a panic, but give us something to go on.

  • tjbrave902

    I was on this plane and the author of the story should know that the landing was anything but “uneventful”. Around 3:15 we heard a loud noise outside the aircraft. I’m pretty sure that was the landing gear being dropped. About 5 minutes later the crew began to prepare us for an emergency landing and evacuation. Their exact words were, “This is a very serious situation!” The crew was exceptional, but visibly shaken. Another 10 minutes passed. Almost all the passengers were in tears, holding hands and praying. My wife and I were on our way home from our honeymoon. I told her I loved her, almost certain this would be the last time I’d get to say it. About 5 minutes before landing the plane made an extremely steep dive, down and to the right. At this point we had no information on why, or where, we were making the emergency landing so the intense drop in altitude sealed the deal for most of us. The crew started screaming, “TAKE YOUR POSITIONS! BRACE YOURSELVES!. I think we all thought this was it. Since most of us on the plane had never landed in Oakland we were not prepared to see water on both sides of the plane before landing. We all thought we were ditching in a large body of water. Just before the runway appeared some yahoo started screaming in the back of the plane, “YEAH BABY, LET’S DO THIS! I’VE GOT SOMEWHERE TO GET TO SAFE! WE ALL DO”! I imagine that was his way of coping with the situation, but it didn’t help the rest of us. We landed and the entire plane started clapping.

    The Southwest spokesperson is making this situation sound a lot less scary than it really was.

    One last thing before I try to sleep tonight. When we prepared to take off on the second plane the pilot, who got us to Oakland safely and I’m sure did a great job following protocol, didn’t even mention what just happened. He simply said, “I checked with corporate and we are not going to charge you for the flight from San Francisco to Oakland.” Thanks for taking your job seriously jerk. I’m sure you knew more about what was happening to your plane, but we didn’t. We simply thought our lives were going to be cut short.

    Takeaways for Southwest: 1) We like your funny pilots, but not when we just made an emergency landing. Very unprofessional. 2) Give your passengers more information. Are we landing on land or in water? What’s wrong with the plane? I’m sure there are guidelines to avoid a panic, but give us something to go on.