Southwest Airlines diverts flight to Idaho after burning smell reported in passenger area

BOISE, Idaho – A Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Spokane, Washington, was diverted to Idaho after a burning electrical or smoke smell was reported in the passenger cabin.

The plane landed in Boise at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins says the captain in command of the flight heard reports of an odour and decided to divert the plane so mechanics could make safety checks.

Hawkins says 143 passengers were aboard, and Southwest employees in Boise worked to get them all on other flights.