Albuquerque-Metro

Flight forced to land in Albuquerque due to possible electrical fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Both the FAA and the NTSB are likely ramping up an investigation into what caused an electrical fire on a Southwest flight from Phoenix to Dallas, forcing an emergency landing in Albuquerque.

It was a very scary situation for passengers overnight after smoke filled the cabin of that plane sending two to the hospital.

Southwest flight 3562 was headed from Phoenix to Dallas Love Field.

In a statement Southwest said, "the captain declared an emergency to receive priority handling from air traffic controllers after deviating from the filed flight plan."

Southwest went on to say that the captain was able to land the plane safely and all of the 140 passengers were able to evacuate.
 
A Dallas Police Officer was among the passengers on the plane. Major Max Geron tweeted throughout the whole ordeal, even commending Southwest for how they handled the situation.

In the video you can see firefighters from AFD and Kirtland swarming the runway and tending to both passengers and the plane.
 
Initial reports indicate five passengers requested assessment by medical personnel. AFD later tweeted out that two passengers were taken to Presbyterian.

There is no word on the extent of their injuries at this time.
    
The remaining passengers were able to board another flight to Dallas and were expected to land around 1:15 a.m. Central Time.


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