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'A harrowing five minutes': Dallas-bound flight makes emergency landing in Albuquerque

13 March 2018

After the landing, the passengers were put on another aircraft to Dallas that arrived safely.

Apparently an electrical fire filled the cabin with smoke forcing Southwest Airlines 3562 to land.

"Our people in Albuquerque worked to get customers onboard another aircraft to continue their journey to Dallas", officials said in a statement.

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Emergency services including the Albuquerque Fire Department, the Kirtland Air Force Fire Department and paramedics waited on the Albuquerque International Sunport runway as the plane landed.

A Sunday evening flight to Dallas took a risky turn for some Southwest Airline passengers.

The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

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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".

A Dallas police officer on the flight praised the actions of the crew in a tweet. Eric was a passenger on the aircraft that had to make an emergency diversion to Albuquerque.

According to Southwest Airlines, five customers requested medical attention.

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Southwest Airlines said the diverted aircraft remains in Albuquerque while mechanics inspect the plane. In this photo, a Southwest Airlines jet passes two ATA Airlines jets sitting on the tarmac at Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois, April 3, 2008.

'A harrowing five minutes': Dallas-bound flight makes emergency landing in Albuquerque