Bound flight makes emergency landing in Albuquerque

Emergency crews responded after a Dallas-bound flight was diverted to the Albuquerque after smoke filled the aircraft's cabin

Emergency crews responded after a Dallas-bound flight was diverted to the Albuquerque after smoke filled the aircraft's cabin

A flight made an emergency landing at a United States airport, sending panicked passengers leaping from a wing on to the ground after crew members screamed at them to get away from the aircraft, passengers and officials have said. The diverted aircraft was held in Albuquerque until mechanics cleared its return to service.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Dallas-bound flight made an emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport, sending panicked passengers leaping from a wing onto the tarmac after crew members screamed at them to get away from the aircraft, passengers and officials said.

According to Southwest Airlines, five customers requested medical attention.

An "unusual smell" in the cabin prompted the emergency landing, KXAS-TV reported.

When the plane landed, passengers evacuated using the escape slides.


Southwest Airlines 737 like this had to make an emergency landing in New Mexico after an apparent onboard electrical fire. Passengers were carefully removed from the flight and driven to the terminal via transport buses.

The Southwest Airlines flight was flying from Phoenix to Dallas (file photo). Their injuries are unknown at this time.

"Just made an emergency landing in Albuquerque".

A Dallas Police officer aboard the flight tweeted that Dallas-based Southwest's flight attendants "did a great job!"

Local news sources report that most passengers boarded another plane for the trip to Dallas that arrived at around 1 am.

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