Southwest Plane Makes Emergency Landing Due To ‘Unusual Smell’

A Southwest Airlines flight had to divert its course and make an emergency landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday night after an unusual smell was noticed by flight attendants in the main cabin.


Southwest flight 3562 was bound for Dallas Love Field from Phoenix when passengers and crew reported smoke coming from the front cabin of the aircraft. The smoke and strong smell were due to an electrical fire. When the plane landed, all 140 passengers were directed to the inflatable emergency slides.

The Albuquerque Fire Department tweeted that two people were taken to a local hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

Some passengers tweeted their experience and lauded the crew for getting them to safety.

Southwest Airlines issued this statement to NBC 4 New York:

“The Captain declared an emergency to receive priority handling from air traffic controllers after deviating from the filed flight plan. After safely landing, 140 passengers evacuated the aircraft on a clear taxiway. Initial reports indicate five Customers requested assessment by medical personnel. Our People in Albuquerque worked to get Customers onboard another aircraft to continue their journey to Dallas. The diverted aircraft will remain in Albuquerque until our Mechanics inspect and clear its return to service.”