Southwest flight from Denver to Kansas City makes emergency landing in Omaha

Fuel valve problem forced detour

OMAHA, Neb. - More than 100 airline passengers took an unexpected detour on Christmas Day.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Paul Flaningan said a fuel valve problem prompted the crew of Flight 2879 to declare an emergency between Denver and Kansas City. The Boeing 737 was diverted to Omaha's Eppley Airfield and landed around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Flaningan said the plane landed without incident. It was carrying 109 passengers and five crew members from Denver to Kansas City International Airport.

He said the passengers boarded another plane and arrived in Kansas City, Mo., about two hours later than their original schedule.