An “unusual smell” in the cabin led the flight crew of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 to make an emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport on March 11.

Southwest flight 3562 had departed Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, bound for Dallas Love Field. After the aircraft landed in Albuquerque, 140 passengers evacuated via escape slides onto a taxiway, and five requested assessment by medical personnel, according to Southwest. Media reports described a smoke-filled cabin.

“Our people in Albuquerque worked to get customers onboard another aircraft to continue their journey to Dallas,” the airline said in a statement. The diverted aircraft was held in Albuquerque until mechanics cleared its return to service.

Bill Carey