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Southwest flight makes emergency landing after ‘unusual odor’ fills aircraft

A Southwest flight made an emergency landing Friday morning at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after an “unusual odor” filled the aircraft shortly after takeoff.

The Los Angeles-bound flight landed out of “an abundance of caution" from the pilot, an airline spokesperson said. No injuries were reported.

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According to FlightAware, the flight only lasted 30 minutes before it returned to BWI at 11:26 a.m. After an initial visual inspection nothing unusual was found, a Southwest spokesperson said. The aircraft was removed from service and will undergo more inspection, the airline said.

The 125 passengers were placed on a new flight that is running about an hour and a half behind schedule.

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