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Southwest flight returns to Las Vegas airport after tire trouble

A Chicago-bound flight from Las Vegas was forced to return to Harry Reid International Airport on Tuesday morning after a tire burst upon departure.

Southwest Airlines Flight 1209, with 148 passengers and crew aboard, departed at 7:52 a.m. for Midway International Airport, then notified airport personnel around 9:20 a.m. that it would need to return to Las Vegas, according to a Reid airport spokesperson.

The flight made it to Dove Creek, Colorado, before turning around, according to the Flightradar24 Twitter account.

The flight landed safely at 10:22 a.m., the spokesperson said.

“A different aircraft will continue the flight to Chicago while the original aircraft is taken out of service for a review,” Southwest Airlines spokesperson Dan Landson said in an email. “Our Teams are working with our Customers to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible.”

Contact Tony Garcia at tgarcia@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0307. Follow @TonyGLVNews on Twitter.

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