'Electrical Smell' Forces Southwest Airlines Flight to Divert

PHOTO: This Instagram image was taken from the scene of a Southwest Airlines flight that was rerouted back to Denver on October 16, 2015, when the captain declared an emergency due to an "electrical smell in the cabin," according to the airline. Instagram/kevinivek
This Instagram image was taken from the scene of a Southwest Airlines flight that was rerouted back to Denver on October 16, 2015, when the captain declared an emergency due to an "electrical smell in the cabin," according to the airline.

A Southwest Airlines flight en route from Denver to Seattle had to be diverted Friday when the captain declared an emergency due to an “electrical smell in the cabin,” according to a statement released by the airline.

The pilot told air traffic controllers that flight attendants and passengers said they smelled burning rubber. The plane returned to Denver and Southwest Airlines said it was taken out of service following the incident.

Passengers on board the original flight eventually took another aircraft to Seattle.

Well that was a long 2 hour Denver to Denver flight, nice not having a time change I guess.

A photo posted by kevinivek (@kevinivek) on Oct 16, 2015 at 7:03pm PDT