Southwest flight with pressurization issue diverted to Denver

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DENVER -- A Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Milwaukee was diverted to Denver Friday night.

The Denver Fire Department confirmed it had crews responding to the flight and they were evaluating and treating patients.

Denver International Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale said Southwest Airlines flight 100 was diverted to Denver at 8:30 p.m. because of a pressurization issue.

The plane landed without incident and taxied to gate C-27.

Some passengers requested medical attention and the Denver Fire Department along with Denver Health ambulances and EMTs responded to evaluate them.

Coale said one person was transported to a hospital because of a slip and fall.

The rest of the passengers were OK and Southwest Airlines was working to get them on a different plane to continue their trip to Milwaukee.

Passenger Dean Fox told FOX31 Denver at 10:10 p.m. they were boarding another jet to go to Milwaukee. "It was a scary experience, but the flight crew was very calm and professional, and the captain made a couple announcements after we got to a lower altitude. The [oxygen] masks did not deploy. Only a few [passengers] had reactions to the rapid pressure change."

The airline released a statement about the incident late Friday night:

"Flight #100 from Las Vegas to Milwaukee diverted to Denver due to a pressurization issue.  The flight with six crew and 175 passengers landed safely at Denver at 8:30 p.m. local time. The Boeing 737 -800 aircraft will be taken out of service and inspected, and we’ll accommodate the flight to Milwaukee with another aircraft, scheduled to arrive about two hours late. We have a report of one passenger injury due to a fall while deplaning the aircraft.  The remaining passengers will continue to Milwaukee."

Emergency personnel evaluate passengers from Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Denver. Photo credit: Dean Fox
Emergency personnel evaluate passengers from Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Denver. Photo credit: Dean Fox

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