Commercial flight makes safe landing after pressurization problem

A United Express flight to San Francisco returned safely to the Medford airport shortly after it took off there around noon today because of a pressurization problem in the cabin, authorities say.

There were 20 passengers and three crew members on board Sky West Flight 5625 that landed safely at the Medford airport after it turned around above the Siskiyou Mountains when the cabin failed to pressurize properly, airport Director Bern Case said this afternoon.

Medford Fire-Rescue crews were dispatched to the airport and airport fire crews met the turboprop plane when it landed shortly after noon, Case says. United crews were busy rebooking the passengers this afternoon, he says.

The case was labeled an Alert 1, or "a low-level emergency" that is somewhat common in small, private planes and somewhat rare in commercial airlines, Case says.

Case identified the plane as a Brasilia 120.

— Mark Freeman

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