Bound flight makes emergency landing in Albuquerque after cabin fills with smoke

Southwest Airlines Flight Diverted After Smoke Fills Cabin

Southwest Flight 3562 took off from Phoenix on Sunday night and was headed for Dallas Love Field. The Captain declared an emergency to receive priority handling from air traffic controllers after deviating from the filed flight plan. Initial reports indicate five Customers requested an assessment by medical personnel. 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.

Southwest Airlines said the diverted aircraft remains in Albuquerque while mechanics inspect the plane. Media reports described a smoke-filled cabin. Although the cause of the smoke is not yet confirmed, a number of news outlets are reporting it might have been caused due to an electrical fire inside the aircraft, CBS-affiliated KRQE reported. Passengers were told to brace as the plane landed. Passengers were carefully removed from the flight and driven to the terminal via transport buses.

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Fire officials in Albuquerque tweeted that two people were injured and taken to a hospital. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known. Also audible is someone ordering passengers away from the plane saying, "Put your phones down". The airport tweeted their praise of the firefighters "for a quick response". After making the emergency landing, passengers were evacuated quickly with some even jumping from the aircraft's wing down onto the tarmac.

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