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

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

A Dallas-bound flight was diverted to the Albuquerque International Sunport Sunday night after smoke filled the aircraft's cabin. "It was pretty intense".

The flight was headed to Dallas Love Field when the incident happened.

Passenger David Fleck said he was surprised to discover there were no emergency slides near the exit door over the wing. However, he did say the plane came to an abrupt stop once it touched down and several fire trucks were already waiting on their arrival.

Brandon Cox said he had to jump from the wing, as did many other passengers, to escape the plane, as a crew member screamed, "Move away from the aircraft".

He said it was an eight-foot jump to the tarmac from the wing. "That was pretty harrowing, as well".

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

Southwest told CBS News in a statement that, "The Captain declared an emergency to receive priority handling from air traffic controllers after deviating from the filed flight plan". Five passengers "requested assessment by medical personnel", upon landing, the airlines said.

"Our People in Albuquerque are working to get Customers onboard another aircraft tonight to continue their journey to Dallas". The diverted aircraft was held in Albuquerque until mechanics cleared its return to service. Their injuries are unknown at this time.

Remaining passengers were put on another flight to Dallas that left Albuquerque early Monday morning.

A Dallas police officer who was on the flight praised Southwest attendants following the incident on Twitter.

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