Southwest flight from Lubbock to Las Vegas makes emergency landing in Albuquerque

Southwest flight from Lubbock to Las Vegas makes emergency landing in Albuquerque
A Southwest Airlines flight from Lubbock to Las Vegas made an unscheduled emergency landing in Albuquerque Sunday afternoon. (KCBD Photo)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Southwest Airlines flight from Lubbock to Las Vegas, Nevada had to make an unscheduled detour to Albuquerque Sunday afternoon.

Southwest Airlines flight 4454 made the emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport around 4:15 p.m. Lubbock time Sunday afternoon.

The Boeing 737-700 had departed Lubbock just after 3 p.m.

Passengers on board the flight were told that a fire alarm went off in one of the two onboard restrooms, and fumes were associated with it. The pilot said the plane would be landing in Albuquerque to ensure passengers safety.

Fire trucks and emergency crews were standing by, but the plane landed without incident.

The plane was checked out while another plane was sent to Albuquerque to take the passengers to Las Vegas. That flight departed Albuquerque after a more than 3-hour layover.

The original flight was scheduled to be a non-stop flight landing in Las Vegas at 3:15 Pacific Standard Time.

Southwest Airlines emailed KCBD a statement about the incident Sunday evening:

Flight 4454 diverted to Albuquerque to allow our maintenance team to check out a potential issue involving one of the aircraft’s lavatories. Our team is working to get the 139 Customers to their destinations as quickly as possible.
Dan Landson, Southwest Airlines

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