Airbus Forced To Make Emergency Landing

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 1996

An America West plane carrying 42 people lost cabin pressure Friday and was forced to make an emergency landing.

The Airbus A-320 landed safely about 1:15 p.m. at Port Columbus International Airport, where it had taken off 30 minutes earlier on a flight to Newark, N.J.

Flight 2686 lost pressure at 33,000 feet and was diverted back to Columbus while those aboard used the plane’s oxygen supplies, said a man in the airport tower who would not give his name.

The plane, which can seat up to 150 passengers, was carrying 37 passengers and a crew of five.

America West had not determined what caused the loss of pressure.

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