Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing at LAX after reports of fire

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday night after reports of fire in the front cargo hold.

Los Angeles firefighters were called at about 10 p.m. and met Southwest Airlines Flight 1516 on the runway when it landed. Thermal imaging equipment was used to find any unusual heat source emanating from the plane.

No fire was found and the plane was allowed to taxi to the gate.

The Boeing 737 plane originated from San Jose and was headed to San Diego with 77 passengers on board.

Los Angeles firefighters were investigating the cause of the fire alert, noting it may have been a faulty warning light, an LAX spokeswoman said.
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