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Tampa-bound Southwest flight diverted to Newark as precaution

TBO.com Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

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A Tampa-bound flight from Providence, R.I., was diverted to Newark, N.J. this morning after an indicator light in the cockpit came on. Flight 1595 landed safely in New Jersey and it appeared to be a false alarm, officials said.

Paul Flaningan, spokesman for Southwest, said 143 passengers boarded the flight at 8 a.m. today and was in the air when the pilot spotted the emergency light.

"He felt it was a false alarm, but he didn't want to take any chances," Flaningan said. "He called in and the plane was diverted to Newark. It landed uneventfully and taxied to the terminal uneventfully."

Flight crews were examining the plane this morning and it was expected to be back in the air and headed to Tampa by early this afternoon, he said.

No one was injured in the incident, he said.

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