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Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Indianapolis Due To Mechanical Issue

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 10, 2015

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Indianapolis Due To Mechanical Issue

A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday morning in Indianapolis after a mechanical issue caused the plane to drop 22,000 feet.

A report from Olivia Lewis of the Indianapolis Star states that United Airlines regional partner ExpressJet Flight 5919 departed from Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, at 6:50 a.m. local time and was scheduled to land at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport later that morning.

Instead, a mechanical issue with the pressurization system resulted in pilots being forced to safely descend the plane from 32,000 feet to approximately 10,000 feet. ExpressJet spokesman Jarek Beem told the Indianapolis Star, though, that the pilots on board had control the whole flight and that the change in altitude was planned.

According to Jordan Fischer of RTV6 ABC, the pilots made the descent as several passengers began to complain about headaches. Luckily, the pilots were able to make a safe landing at Indianapolis International Airport at around 8:30 a.m. local time.

There were no injuries reported.

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