updated 9/8/2009 11:35:03 AM ET 2009-09-08T15:35:03

An airline spokesman says an indicator light that warned of possible smoke aboard a Southwest Airlines flight forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in Tampa, Fla.

Tampa International Airport spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan (GO'-haygan) says passengers were let out of the plane on emergency slides Monday afternoon. She says airport fire crews confirmed smoke in the cabin.

But Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said there was no smoke or fire on the plane. He said an indicator light went on soon after takeoff, prompting the pilot to land in Tampa as a precaution.

He says Flight 1245 had 129 passengers and crew and all got off safely with only minor injuries. Hawkins said the airline was arranging for another aircraft so passengers could continue their trip to Denver.

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