Southwest officials added that the diverted aircraft will remain in Albuquerque until their mechanics inspect and clear its return to service. After safely landing, 140 passengers evacuated the aircraft on a clear taxiway.
A Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix bound for Dallas Love Field made an emergency landing in Albuquerque Sunday night after a malfunction of some kind produced smoke towards the rear of the plane.
Southwest Airlines 3562 landed at Sunport around 8 p.m. local time (10 p.m. EDT), after smoke reportedly started filling up the cabin of the plane.
Southwest Airlines 737 like this had to make an emergency landing in New Mexico after an apparent onboard electrical fire. No word on the extent of their injuries. The airport tweeted their praise of the firefighters "for a quick response".
The flight was headed to Dallas Love Field when the incident happened.
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"Just made an emergency landing in Albuquerque".
One passenger aboard the flight, a Dallas Police officer, tweeted that Southwest handled the emergency swiftly and professionally.
"It was a harrowing five minutes coming down", passenger Paul Allen said after making it to Dallas early Monday.
Apparently an electrical fire filled the cabin with smoke forcing Southwest Airlines 3562 to land.