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A Dallas-bound Southwest flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after smoke reportedly filled the aircraft cabin.
After the Boeing 737 landed, crew deployed the emergency slides, and the flight’s 140 passengers were evacuated. Five passengers requested to be evaluated by medical personnel, according to a Southwest statement obtained by NBC DFW. Two passengers were taken to the hospital, the Albuquerque Fire Department tweeted. It’s unclear what their injuries or conditions were.
— Albuquerque Fire (@abqfire) March 12, 2018
Southwest Flight 3562 was mid-route from Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) to Dallas Love Field (DAL), when passengers said smoke began to fill the plane’s cabin. Southwest’s statement said that before the emergency landing, the “crew noted an unusual smell in the cabin.” The pilot then diverted for Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), where emergency crews awaited the plane.
Just made an emergency landing in Albuquerque. Had to open the emergency door and catch people sliding down from the wing. Thanks to the @SouthwestAir pilots and crew to get us safe. #flight3562 pic.twitter.com/704x75ORgN
— David Fleck (@fleckd) March 12, 2018
Was on @SouthwestAir Flight #3562 which was diverted to #ABQ due to mechanical failure and the smell of smoke in the cabin. Thank you the pilots and flight attendants for remaining extremely calm and professional. Definitely a crazy experience! pic.twitter.com/XzrkSbJHyn
— Deven Lopez (@DevenderLopesh) March 12, 2018
Terrifying experience but we are safe . For the gentleman who helped me jump off the wing of the plane , I am forever thankful . Crew was great but what was mostly heartwarming is how everybody was helping everybody #flight3562 #Albuquerque #emergencylanding @SouthwestAir pic.twitter.com/NRzhGLa29W
— Sara Hassan (@sarahassan) March 12, 2018
“Our People in Albuquerque worked to get Customers onboard another aircraft to continue their journey to Dallas,” Southwest’s statement continued. “The diverted aircraft will remain in Albuquerque until our Mechanics inspect and clear its return to service.”
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