Airbus Forced To Make Emergency Landing

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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