Airplane evacuated at John Wayne airport with smoke showing

Airplane evacuated at John Wayne airport with smoke showing

Airplane evacuated at John Wayne airport with smoke showing

'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.

Midway alerted passengers via Twitter that the airport was still dealing with cancelled flights.

Southwest said the airline company will continue to work with passengers to accommodate travel plans and have updated their customer accommodation policies on their website. More than 250 flights were canceled, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The airline said it "expects to operate a close to normal schedule" on Monday. An airline spokesperson said Southwest had "actively worked to manage" its level of glycol, which is used to de-ice aircraft, but "proactively" cancelled at least 220 flights Sunday after levels ran low, USA Today reports.

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

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

Due to a fire believed to be in the auxiliary power unit, the plane's crew made a decision to evacuate the plane.

Temperatures in Chicago on Sunday were in the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service.

Chicago Public Schools canceled classes as a result and more than 1300 flights were canceled at the area's airports.

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