Footage Shows Panicked Passengers Jumping From Plane’s Wing After Emergency Landing

Panicked passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight jumped from one of the plane’s wings during an emergency evacuation in New Mexico, on the evening of Sunday, March 11.

The Southwest Flight 3562, was was en route to Dallas from Phoenix, when crew members noticed an “unusual smell” in the cabin, said a statement released by the airline.

Passengers said they smelled smoke and felt heat coming from the vents, before crew announced the plane was going to make an emergency landing, the New York Post reported.

Footage taken by Brandon Cox shows him and several other passengers on the wing, as others escape more conventionally, via inflatable slides at either end of the aircraft.

“I hit the ground really hard and was just shell-shocked that I just had to jump off the wing of an airplane,” Cox told the New York Post.

In the video posted to Twitter, a crewmember can be heard shouting, “Move away from the aircraft now!” after Cox makes it onto the tarmac from the wing.

Passenger David Fleck said he was surprised to find there were no emergency slides at the exit door near the wing, the New York Post reported.

“It felt wrong when you’re up there. It was dark, cold and rainy,” he said. “It was disorienting. [You think], ‘Do I really just jump down?'”

According to a tweet by the Albuquerque Fire Department, two people were taken to a local hospital after the evacuation.

Credit: Brandon Cox via Storyful

 
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