A fire forced passengers aboard a Southwest flight ready to take off from John Wayne Airport to San Jose to deplane on Monday evening.
Southwest Airlines Flight 2123 reported smoke in the cabin around 7:30 p.m., according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The fire -- believed to be in the Boeing 737's auxiliary power unit -- caused the plane's emergency chutes to deploy to evacuate 139 passengers and five crew members.
A few minor injuries were reported, but no one was transported, according to airport officials. Those injuries were from exiting on chutes -- not the fire.
Passengers said some travelers began screaming when they noticed the smoke.
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"As always, the Safety of our Customers and Employees is our number one priority and we regret any inconvenience the event has caused," a Southwest spokeswoman said.
The passengers were slated to board another flight at John Wayne shortly before 9 p.m.