Unusual odor sends plane back to ABIA

Southwest emergency landing in Austin
Jake Schneider says the airline has been exceptional following Monday's emergency landing. (Photo: Jack Schneider)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A pilot on a Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport decided to turn the plane back around to the airport after smelling an unusual odor, according to an ABIA spokesman. The plane took off at 7:17 a.m., bound for Dallas Love Field, and landed safely at 7:39 a.m. following the decision to head back in.

With any unusual odor, the airlines and airport do not allow the plane to return to the terminal, so ABIA officials unloaded passengers from the side of the taxiway onto shuttles to go back to the terminal. Officials do not have the number of the people aboard.

From there, Southwest is responsible for investigating the odor, clearing the aircraft, and deciding whether to put the passengers back on that plane or another flight.

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