Bound flight makes emergency landing in Albuquerque after cabin fills with smoke

A Southwest Airlines plane prepares to land at Mc Carran International Airport in Las Vegas. @bizutesfaye

A Southwest Airlines plane prepares to land at Mc Carran International Airport in Las Vegas. @bizutesfaye

A Dallas-bound flight was diverted to the Albuquerque International Sunport Sunday night after smoke filled the aircraft's cabin. "Initial reports indicate five customers requested assessment by medical personnel". "The diverted aircraft will remain in Albuquerque until our Mechanics inspect and clear its return to service".

The captain of flight 3562 noticed smoke in the cabin and announced that the aircraft would be landing as the closest possible airport.

Fire officials in Albuquerque tweeted that two people were injured and taken to a hospital. The exact nature or extent of their injuries are not yet known.

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. The airport officials, however, praised the flight's crew for their smooth and professional handling of the situation.

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Video has emerged of passengers frantically racing to get off a Southwest Airlines 737 that had just made an emergency landing in Albuquerque.

A Dallas Police officer aboard the flight tweeted that Dallas-based Southwest's flight attendants "did a great job!"

Passengers later boarded another plane and continued to Dallas.

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