Bound flight makes emergency landing in Albuquerque

Bound flight makes emergency landing in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Dallas-bound flight 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.

"Our people in Albuquerque worked to get customers onboard another aircraft to continue their journey to Dallas", the airline said in a statement. "The diverted aircraft will remain in Albuquerque until our Mechanics inspect and clear its return to service".

David Fleck told WFAA he first realized something was wrong when the plane started to descend just an hour into the flight. Initial reports indicate five Customers requested an assessment by medical personnel. The plane was forced to land in Albuquerque after what might have been an electrical fire.

Two people were brought to hospital, the fire department said. No word on the extent of their injuries.

Passengers have since re-boarded another flight and are now headed to their original destination with an expected arrival of 1:15 a.m. CT.

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The exact number of passengers present in the plane at the time of the incident has also not been revealed yet. The airport tweeted their praise of the firefighters "for a quick response".

"Just made an emergency landing in Albuquerque".

Southwest is the largest airline operating out of Tampa International Airport.

This is a developing story.

Southwest Airlines 737 like this had to make an emergency landing in New Mexico after an apparent onboard electrical fire.

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