Southwest plane traveling to Tampa diverted because of electrical smell

Photo courtesy Heather Hingson-Haines

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – An electrical smell forced the diversion of a Southwest Airlines flight traveling to Tampa Friday. The plane left Atlanta and was diverted to Tallahassee.

Photo courtesy Heather Hingson-Haines
Photo courtesy Heather Hingson-Haines

“The captain took extra precautionary measures, declared an emergency and landed the aircraft safely,” a Southwest spokesperson told News Channel 8.

The plane’s 143 passengers and five crew members boarded another plane and arrived in Tampa about five hours behind schedule.

“The original aircraft has been taken out of service for a maintenance review. The safety of our employees and customers remains our primary focus,” Southwest said in a statement.

Photos show the plane’s oxygen masks were released.

News Channel 8 will have more tonight at 11 p.m.

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