Aviation

Cabin pressure issue, bleeding ears cause flight to make emergency landing

A Southwest Airlines plane has been forced to make an emergency landing due to a cabin pressure issue which reportedly caused a passenger’s ears to bleed.

The Boeing 737 was en route to Florida over the weekend before making a mid-flight U-turn and heading back Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport, with several passengers complaining of pain and discomfort, according to a number of media outlets.

Furthermore, one passenger was reportedly bleeding from their ears due to the plane’s cabin pressure.

A Southwest Airlines spokesperson told Travel Weekly that the flight experienced a pressurisation issue shortly after take-off.

“Our Flight Crew followed proper procedures and returned to BDL, where it landed safely,” the spokesperson said.

“Several customers among the 139 on board were treated for injuries and discomfort by local paramedics. We removed the aircraft from service and continued customer’s travel with another aircraft.”

In July last year, 33 passengers on a Croatia-bound Ryanair flight ended up in hospital – some bleeding from their ears – after the plane lost pressure and was forced to make an emergency landing in Frankfurt.

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