Southwest Airlines flight returns to Mitchell Airport after tail strike during take off
A Southwest Airlines flight was forced to return to Mitchell Airport after the crew reported an issue with the plane Tuesday morning.
A spokesperson for Mitchell Airport says the flight was heading to Phoenix around 7 a.m. when the issue was reported.
Southwest Airlines officials tell CBS 58 that the plane experienced a tail strike upon takeoff. In aviation, a tail strike is when the rear end of an aircraft touches the runway during take off or landing.
The flight, carrying 155 passengers and six crew members, made a safe landing in Milwaukee around 8:15 a.m. A maintenance team inspected the plane and found no damage. The aircraft was cleared for service and resumed its flight to Phoenix.
No one was injured.
The flight left for Phoenix around 11:40 am Monday.