A flight bound for San Diego was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico Sunday evening because of a report of smoke in the cabin, Albuquerque’s international airport said.
Frontier Flight 1839 left Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 8:39 p.m. en route for San Diego but during the flight, pilots were forced to make an emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport, airport officials said.
A passenger told NBC 7 she smelled chemicals on the plane and when airline crews spoke over the loudspeaker, she could tell they were wearing masks although masks never deployed for passengers.
A Frontier Airlines spokesperson confirmed oxygen masks did not deploy. Frontier Airlines also said the diversion was due to a chemical smell and not due to smoke as airport officials reported.
Firefighters and emergency crews lined the runway as passengers deplaned in Albuquerque.
In a statement, Frontier Airlines said the flight landed safely and no injuries were reported among the 129 passengers and six crew members.
Frontier reportedly gave passengers a $200 flight voucher, put them in hotels overnight, and rescheduled them on a flight Monday morning.
The flight landed in San Diego without incident just before 10 a.m. Monday.
The cause of the odor is under investigation.