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

Jeannie Matthews
March 13, 2018

Southwest Airlines flight 3562, which took off from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was forced to land at Albuquerque International Sunport after a flight crew noted an unusual smell in the cabin, according to a Southwest official.

An initial investigation indicated an electrical fire on board, according to an airport spokesperson.

This disputes earlier reports of the flight being diverted due to cabin smoke, possibly caused by an electrical fire.

The Boeing 737 was diverted to Albuquerque, where 140 passengers evacuated the plane.

Most passengers on the original flight made it to Dallas' Love Field Monday morning, CBS Dallas Fort-Worth reported.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing to investigate the incident.

Two people from flight 3562 were taken to a local hospital, but their condition is still unknown, a tweet from the Albuquerque Fire Department said. The diverted aircraft was held in Albuquerque until mechanics cleared its return to service. The exact nature or extent of their injuries are not yet known.

"Our People in Albuquerque are working to get Customers onboard another aircraft tonight to continue their journey to Dallas".

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

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