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International flight makes emergency landing at Buffalo Niagara

BY: Kimberly Snickles, Cheektowaga Source | February 13, 2013

It wasn’t merely a snowstorm that kept some plane ticket holders from getting to their destinations Friday, as an international flight made an emergency landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

According to NFTA Spokesperson Douglas Hartmayer, Delta Flight 4015, which was headed to Detroit at 9 a.m. suddenly lost cabin pressure and had to make a safe landing at the closest airport.

“Our air crash fire rescue unit received notification from the tower that a Delta flight was being diverted in Ottawa on it’s way to Detroit because of mechanical problems that was causing pressure in the cabin to change,” said Hartmayer.

The flight landed safely at 11:20 a.m. Out of the 46 passengers on board, only three people needed treatment, two for shortness of breath and one person for having a minor head laceration.

NFTA specialists treated the passengers on the scene and no further treatment was required. Hartmayer stated that since the plane was from an international flight it was taxied over to the international gate.

“Once the plane was going to be there for awhile they were kept in the international holding area until it was decided what was going to happen with the plane,” he said.

Due to the weather compounding the plane was unable to be fixed so the airline put the passengers up at a local hotel. They were given food vouchers and rebooked for a flight to Detroit the following afternoon.

Although Hartmayer doesn’t know for sure the atmosphere of the plane, he said he didn’t hear any indication that there was anything other than cabin pressure issues within the airplane.

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