Southwest 737 diverts to Albuquerque after 'unusual smell' in cabin

Dallas-bound flight makes emergency landing at Sunport

A Southwest Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing in New Mexico on Sunday night after smoke was reported in the main cabin of the aircraft.

Southwest officials say that about 140 passengers were aboard the flight and five people were treated on scene by medical personnel.

The flight crew announced there would be an emergency landing, urging passengers to "brace for impact" and keep their heads down.

Passengers jump onto the escape slide. Source Twitter  Brandon Coxsize=O
Passengers jump onto the escape slide. Source Twitter Brandon Coxsize=O

Southwest Airlines said the diverted aircraft remains in Albuquerque while mechanics inspect the plane.

According to the Albuquerque Fire Department, two people were taken to nearby hospital.

In a statement to International Business Times, the Southwest Airlines said: "Flight 3562 traveling tonight from Phoenix Sky Harbor to Dallas Love Field diverted to Albuquerque International Sunport after our Crew noted an unusual odor in the cabin".

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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 extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

"@SouthwestAir flight attendants did a great job!" he tweeted.

Passengers later boarded another plane and continued to Dallas.

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The plane was forced to land in Albuquerque after what might have been an electrical fire.

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