DALLAS -- A Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix bound for Dallas Love Field made an emergency landing in Albuquerque Sunday night after a malfunction of some kind produced smoke towards the rear of the plane.
Our Eric Resendiz was invited to attend his former college campus as a guest speaker to educate future journalists. Eric was a passenger on the aircraft that had to make an emergency diversion to Albuquerque. Eric was asleep when his neighbor alerted him that they were doing a sudden landing.
Upon landing the flight attendants told passengers, "keep your heads down, evacuate the plane, and to leave their bags on the aircraft.”
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“Some people had ramps or slides but some had to jump off the wing,” said passenger Paul Allen. “That was pretty harrowing, as well."
The Albuquerque Fire Department said in a tweet that two passengers were taken to the hospital. Upon arrival at Love Field, a family told WFAA one of their family members was injured while trying to jump from the wing.
After waiting for a while on the tarmac, passengers were eventually put on another plane and made it to Love Field around 3 a.m.
Southwest Airlines sent the following statement to WFAA:
"Flight 3562 traveling last evening from Phoenix Sky Harbor to Dallas Love Field diverted to Albuquerque International Sunport after our Crew noted an unusual smell the cabin. The Captain declared an emergency to receive priority handling from air traffic controllers after deviating from the filed flight plan. After safely landing, 140 passengers evacuated the aircraft on a clear taxiway. Initial reports indicate five Customers requested assessment by medical personnel. Our People in Albuquerque worked to get Customers onboard another aircraft to continue their journey to Dallas. The diverted aircraft will remain in Albuquerque until our Mechanics inspect and clear its return to service."