Pressurization scare prompts emergency landing

AMARILLO, Texas -- A United Express flight with 45 people aboard made an unscheduled landing in Amarillo after the captain reported pressurization issues.

Steven Picouis deputy director of aviation at Amarillo Rick Husband International Airport. He says the Embraer EMB-145XR jet was en route from Grand Junction, Colo., to Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston when the cockpit crew declared an emergency at 1:23 p.m. Wednesday.

The plane was operated by Atlanta-based ExpressJet Airlines for Chicago-based United. Picou says it made a safe, uneventful landing at 1:30 p.m., the passengers deplaned routinely and were booked on the next flight to Houston.

It was unclear if cabin depressurization actually had occurred.


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