Southwest Airlines Updates Information Regarding Flight 1248

DALLAS, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Southwest Airlines plans to resume operations at Chicago Midway Airport at 6 a.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 9.

On Thursday, Southwest Airlines’ Flight 1248 was involved in an accident at Chicago Midway Airport at approximately 7:15 p.m. CST while the aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, was landing. The aircraft veered off the runway onto Central and 55th Avenues, beyond the northwest corner of the runway. Flight 1248 was scheduled for a 2:55 p.m. CST departure out of Baltimore/Washington International Airport, but the aircraft’s departure was delayed until 4:50 p.m. CST because of weather. The flight arrived at Chicago Midway at 7:15 p.m. CST, after circling the Chicago Midway Airport for approximately 35 minutes.

Southwest Airlines has confirmed that two vehicles were involved when Southwest aircraft N-471 veered off the runway. A six-year-old boy in one of the vehicles has died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. The Southwest Family extends our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who have been affected by this incident.

Southwest Airlines has established a toll-free number to assist friends and family members wanting information about passengers onboard Flight 1248. That number is (800) 922-9525. All other Customer inquiries should be directed to (800) 435-9792 or the Internet at

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