BWI flight to Chicago makes emergency landing in Ohio

A Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing in Ohio early Wednesday morning after smoke was detected in a cargo hold, airline officials said.

Flight 424, scheduled to fly from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Chicago Midway International Airport, diverted to Port Columbus International Airport shortly before 2 a.m. Central Time. The crew used slides to evacuate the 49 passengers as the plane was met by emergency vehicles on the runway.

Southwest officials said the plane is out of service for inspections after smoke was found in the forward cargo hold. The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating.

The passengers were put on another flight to Chicago Midway.

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