Albuquerque-Metro

Flight to San Diego forced to make emergency landing in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Passengers on a flight from Tulsa, Oklahoma to San Diego, California are waking up in an Albuquerque hotel Monday morning. 

A Frontier Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing at the International Sunport Sunday night and officials say an unknown odor is to blame.

Passengers of Flight 1839 say they were about an hour and 20 minutes into their flight when the pilot made an announcement. 

"You could tell he had a mask on. He was saying there was an unknown odor in the front of the cockpit so everybody got a little uneasy for a second," said Michael Platten, a passenger from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Passengers say the pilots were then forced to land the plane at the International Sunport. When they landed, they say the plane was surrounded by ambulances, fire trucks, and police.

Sunport officials say all of the passengers were forced to get off of the plane after the oxygen masks deployed.

"The first thing I did was sniff the air to try and figure out what odor they were talking about. Then I was a little nervous because you get super paranoid when you realize it's an emergency landing," said Jessica Anzai, a passenger from Southern California.
 
Passengers say they were forced to leave their luggage on the plane at first, but then told to get back onto the plane to get it.
 
The flight was eventually canceled, forcing the passengers to wait in line at the Frontier ticket counter for hours until they figured out how they would get home.

Right now, it's still unclear if all of the passengers were able to get a flight to San Diego yet.

However, according to a passenger's Twitter account, Frontier is putting them on a 9 a.m. flight and giving them $200 in flight vouchers.

Sunport officials aren't sure exactly what time this all happened. They tell us they received a call about the incident around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night. 

No injuries have been reported. 


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