Canadian Passenger Jet Diverts to Dallas Love Field

A Canadian passenger jet diverted to Dallas Love Field Friday evening due to a smoke-like smell in the forward galley. 

WestJet flight #2561 was on its way from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Toronto when it diverted over East Texas at about 6:45 p.m.

A WestJet spokesperson says there was no fire, and the pilot did not declare an emergency. The plane landed safely out of an "abundance of caution."

There were 163 passengers and six crew members aboard the Boeing 737-800. WestJet says it will provide overnight accommodations in Dallas for all of them. 

Since the airline does not have a maintenance base at Love Field, it will need to fly a crew to Texas to examine the plane. It is still unclear if WestJet will bring another plane to Dallas or put the original plane back in service. 

Either way, WestJet says everyone will get to Toronto Saturday.

WestJet is the second-largest airline in Canada. It is a low-cost carrier, often compared to Dallas-based Southwest Airlines. WestJet does fly to North Texas, but operates out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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