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Southwest Passengers Get Fire Scare

Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans were forced to slide down emergency chutes after a tire caught fire as the plane landed in Houston.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Paul Flaningan said no one was injured.

Flaningan said the tire blew around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday as Flight 519 from New Orleans landed at Houston Hobby Airport.

He said the fire was contained to the tire.

Television footage showed passengers deplaning via emergency chutes.

Flaningan said there were five crew members and 47 passengers on board.

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