OAKLAND -- Two Southwest Airlines flights made emergency landings at Oakland International Airport Tuesday morning within two hours, one because of a smoke odor and the other because of a cabin pressurization problem, officials said.

Both flights affected were Boeing 737 aircraft, according to a Southwest spokeswoman.

A plane that had just taken off from Oakland, bound for Reno, turned around after flight attendant smelled smoke in the cabin area about 9:30 a.m.

The flight, which had 119 passengers and crew members, returned to the airport and landed safely as fire and rescue crews stood by as a precaution. It taxied to a gate under its own power.

The crew and passengers deplaned, boarded a new plane and were 90 minutes to 2 hours late arriving in Reno, according to Southwest spokeswoman Katie McDonald.

Earlier, a flight that had just taken off from San Francisco bound for Denver made an emergency landing in Oakland because of a cabin pressurization problem, officials said.

The plane, with 143 passengers and crew on board, landed successfully at 7:48 a.m. at the airport where fire and rescue crews waited.

The aircraft taxied to the terminal area without incident and the passengers and crew got off. They took off on another aircraft and arrived in Denver about two hours late, McDonald said.

Authorities said it was easier for the plane to land at Oakland rather than return to San Francisco.


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Both planes will be inspected by Southwest mechanics, McDonald said.

The incidents had no reported impact on Oakland International Airport operations, a spokeswoman said.