Southwest flight makes emergency landing in Jacksonville

File - A new Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 sits on the tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona. (David Woo, David Woo/Corbis via Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Providence, Rhode Island, made an emergency landing Friday at Jacksonville International Airport over concerns about a mechanical issue, the airline said.

Southwest flight 162 took off from Orlando International Airport shortly after 8 a.m., according to Flight Aware. The flight was diverted to Jacksonville after the pilot noticed an instrument reading in a gauge that monitors the aircraft’s backup hydraulics systems, a Southwest spokesman told News4Jax.

The Boeing 737, which was carrying 23 passengers and five crew members, landed safely in Jacksonville about 9 a.m., so mechanics could inspect the aircraft, the spokesman said. Flight Aware shows the flight was scheduled to depart Jacksonville for Providence about 10:40 a.m.

The airline said it would assist any passengers inconvenienced by the unscheduled stop.

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