Saturday, February 2, 2019

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700, N211WN : Incident occurred February 01, 2019 at Bradley International Airport (KBDL), Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Southwest Airlines Company

https://registry.faa.gov/N211WN


A Southwest Airlines flight from Hartford to Tampa, Florida, turned around in mid-flight Friday night when the pilot declared an emergency because of apparent depressurization in the cabin.

Flight 1694 landed safely at Bradley International Airport at 9:11 p.m., an hour after it took off bound for Tampa International Airport. Ambulances were dispatched for several passengers who experienced ear pain and injuries, but there was no indication of severe injuries.

The pilot of the Boeing 737 asked for emergency medical technicians to meet the flight, and initial reports were that at least one passenger was bleeding from the ears.

The Boeing 737-700 departed from Bradley at 8:11 p.m., more than an hour behind schedule. It was expected to reach Tampa not long after 11 p.m., but turned back for Hartford.

“The pilot declared an emergency and reported a possible pressurization issue,” an FAA spokesman said Friday night.

Bradley spokeswoman Alisa Sisic confirmed that medical assistance was requested, but could not provide details.

“At Southwest’s request, EMS personnel responded to the aircraft’s gate,” she said.

A Southwest spokesman confirmed that account.

“Several customers among the 139 on board are being treated for injuries and discomfort by local paramedics,” the airline said in a written statement. “We have removed the aircraft from service and will accommodate those wishing to continue their travel with another aircraft.”

Radar records indicate Flight 1694 got as far as eastern New York state after takeoff, then circled above the Wassaic and Millerton region before returning to Bradley.

The aviation website FlightAware.com reported the jetliner involved was N211WN. That is the same plane that had to divert to Hartford because of a lightning strike on October 24th, 2018, soon after takeoff from Manchester, New Hampshire, en route to Orlando, Florida.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.courant.com

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