A TSA official says a United Airlines flight from Denver to San Diego had to set down at our local airport, shortly before 9 o’clock last night. The plane apparently experienced a sudden and drastic loss of cabin pressure.
This flight was not scheduled to land in Grand Junction at all. Staff members say this doesn’t happen on an everyday basis, but they stay prepared for any situation.
“Most often, its dispatched for general aviation flights but, given that we have general aviation and commercial activity, you see a mix of both and, part of that is because pilots are very comfortable talking with the FAA and to the tower about what’s going on in their aircraft and making sure that the airport is always prepared,” Angela Padalecki informs.
Preliminary information indicates the plane, which was carrying roughly 170 people, landed safely. The passengers finally left on a replacement aircraft at about 10 a.m. today.