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Southwest flight makes unplanned stop in Dallas over flap fear

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says a flight from Nashville, Tennessee, had to make an unscheduled landing in Dallas.

News outlets in Tennessee cite a statement from the airline that says the Monday night flight was redirected to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport because a cockpit instrument indicated one of the flaps might not have fully extended. Flight 1118 had left Nashville International Airport around 8:30 p.m., and was supposed to land at Dallas Love Field.

Southwest says the captain used the longest available runway and emergency vehicles were positioned nearby to monitor the landing, which was ultimately “uneventful.” The airline says protocol requires that an unextended flap requires landing at a higher speed at touchdown.

None of the 103 passengers aboard the plane were harmed.

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