A plane headed to the Kansas City International Airport from Indianapolis experienced a possible loss of pressure in the cabin Thursday.
According to Southwest Airlines spokesperson Dan Landson, flight No. 1731 with 147 passengers on board had a warning light go on suggesting a possible loss of pressure. Landson said the warning was noticed as the flight was about 30 miles outside of Kansas City.
At that point, the pilot alerted officials at KCI and began a rapid decent. According to the website flightware.com, the plane dropped 26,000 feet in 11 minutes, descending from 36,000 feet at 3:13 p.m. to 10,000 feet at 3:24 p.m., numbers confirmed by Landson.
KCTV5 News contacted retired TWA Pilot Dale Campbell regarding the incident. Campbell said the incident seemed to be "controlled," but noted that it was certainly "something out of the ordinary" that he never experienced in his more than 20 years piloting for TWA. Campbell also said it appears the pilot "took the absolute correct action."
The Southwest Boeing 737 was scheduled to arrive at KCI at 3:50 p.m.
The alert about the loss of pressure came out at 3:51 p.m.
Landson said the plane landed at 3:59 p.m., taxing to the gate without issue. All passengers exited the plane and no injuries were reported.
Passengers originally bound for Denver on the same plane boarded a second plane. The Boeing 737 plane remains at KCI out of service as Southwest Airlines mechanics investigate.
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