A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 headed for San Jose evacuated passengers out of the forward slide while the aircraft was just pushing back from the gate in Orange County, California last night.
The plane’s auxiliary power unit caught fire and was extinguished by the aircraft’s fire suppression system. Flight 2123 had 139 passengers and 5 crew onboard. Passengers eventually traveled to the airport named for the Bush Administration’s token Democrat cabinet member, who as Secretary of Transportation oversaw the creation of the TSA.
Slide evacuations are unusual enough, doubly so while the plane is still in front of its gate, but in an emergency you get passengers away from fire quickly — and don’t wait to pull the jetway back to the plane (which would have required bringing an employee down to the jet to guide it in the first place).