Bound flight makes emergency landing in Albuquerque

Lula Sharp
March 13, 2018

A Dallas-bound flight from Phoenix made an emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport, sending panicked passengers leaping from a wing onto the tarmac after crew members screamed at them to get away from the aircraft, passengers and officials said. After safely landing, 140 passengers evacuated the aircraft on a clear taxiway. "Initial reports indicate five customers requested assessment by medical personnel". 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.

David Fleck told WFAA he first realized something was wrong when the plane started to descend just an hour into the flight. Passengers were carefully removed from the flight and driven to the terminal via transport buses.

The Albuquerque Fire Department said in a tweet that two passengers were taken to the hospital. Their injuries are unknown at this time.

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According to ABC affiliate KOAT, the people onboard the plane described the experience as scary. The airport tweeted their praise of the firefighters "for a quick response". Then, flight attendants began telling everyone on-board they would be making an emergency landing and to keep their heads down.

The flight crew announced there would be an emergency landing, urging passengers to "brace for impact" and keep their heads down.

This is a developing story. Apparently an electrical fire filled the cabin with smoke forcing Southwest Airlines 3562 to land.

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