Dallas-bound flight diverts to Sunport due to smoke in cabin | KOB 4

Dallas-bound flight diverts to Sunport due to smoke in cabin

David Lynch and Brittany Costello
March 12, 2018 05:41 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – City aviation officials say a Dallas-bound flight was diverted to the Albuquerque International Sunport Sunday evening due to smoke in the cabin that was possibly the result of an electrical fire.


Officials said flight 3562, which took off from Phoenix, landed at the Sunport sometime after 8 p.m. Several emergency vehicles could be seen on the tarmac surrounding the plane before leaving the scene around 9:40 p.m.

Passengers and crew de-planed onto the tarmac and was taken via city bus back to the Sunport. Two people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries according to AFD.

Brandon Cox was one of the many passengers on that flight. He said about halfway through the flight he noticed something out of the ordinary.

"Me and my buddy that was sitting next to me we could feel the air blowing out of the vent was real hot and it was really unusual," Cox said in a phone interview. "Why would they turn the heat on right now? Then there was a little smell."

About five minutes after the bizarre smell, an announcement came over the loudspeaker.

"Buckle your seatbelts tight and, you know, bend over, put your head and your hands in your lap and they were on the radio repeating that," he said.

Passengers were informed plane would be making an emergency landing and would be greeted by a sea of first responders.

"At that point, I didn't really know what was going to happen," he said. "I knew that we were going down and that it was an emergency landing so I kind of tried to prepare for the worst," he said.

While Cox was praying and texting loved ones, others were trying to comfort each other. Despite the panic, the plane landed safely.


David Lynch and Brittany Costello

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