Saturday, March 18, 2017

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700: Incident occurred March 18, 2017 at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (KAMA), Amarillo, Texas

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -   A Southwest flight departing from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and headed to Atlanta had to make an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas Saturday morning after a pressurization failure.

According to one valley resident, oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling above the passengers while the pilot came over the PA system to announce that Southwest flight 118 had a cabin pressure failure and would need to make an emergency landing.

The plane landed safely. According to the passenger, one person was transported with unknown medical issues while others needed medical attention due to nosebleeds and hurt eardrums.

Southwest Airlines is re-booking passengers so they can still make it to their final destination in Atlanta and issued the below statement to its customers:

"The Pilots in command of Southwest flight #118 scheduled Phoenix to Atlanta initiated a controlled descent and safely diverted the aircraft to Amarillo to address a pressurization issue that developed in flight.  The Pilots and Crew followed emergency procedures to reach a safe altitude, take care of the Customers onboard and land at the nearest airport in accordance with trained procedures. The flight was met by Emergency personnel, and initial reports do not indicate any injuries to Customers or Crew. The aircraft was taken out of service so mechanics on the ground could inspect it and make any necessary repairs. The Customers will be accommodated on a different aircraft and will arrive Atlanta approximately 7 hrs. late. Our number one priority at Southwest Airlines is the Safety of our Customers and Employees. We apologize for the inconvenience this event created for our Customers."

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