SkyWest plane forced to make emergency landing in Buffalo, NY – Reuters


NEW YORK (Reuters) – A SkyWest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Wednesday in Buffalo, New York, after suffering a pressurization problem, according to federal aviation authorities.

One passenger fell ill and lost consciousness onboard the Hartford, Connecticut-bound flight 5622 that took off from Chicago, NBC News reported.

NBC had originally reported that a door on the plane had opened and that several passengers lost consciousness which it said the airline later refuted.

The Embraer aircraft landed safely at Buffalo International Airport at 11:40 a.m. EDT (1540 GMT) after the crew reported a pressurization problem and declared an emergency, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

It departed from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and was heading to Bradley International Airport, the FAA said.

SkyWest was not immediately available to comment.

The regional airline operates more than 1,700 flights daily in partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, according to its website.

(Writing by Ellen Wulfhorst, editing by G Crosse)