A United Express flight to San Francisco returned safely to the Medford airport shortly after it took off at about noon Monday 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 minutes after it turned around above the Siskiyou Mountains when the cabin failed to pressurize properly, airport Director Bern Case said.
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 Express crews were busy rebooking the passengers later that afternoon, he said.
The case was labeled an Alert 1, or "a low-level emergency" that is somewhat common with small, private planes and somewhat rare in commercial airlines, Case said.
Case identified the plane as a Brasilia 120.
Three California residents were seriously injured in a rollover traffic crash Sunday on Highway 138 northwest of Diamond Lake, Oregon State Police reported.
A news release from OSP says 59-year-old Lynne Wright of Chula Vista, Calif., was driving west on Highway 138 near milepost 66 in the Umpqua National Forest. At 4:12 p.m. her 2003 Honda sport utility vehicle jerked to the right. She lost control, and the vehicle flipped. A witness said the SUV rolled several times before coming to a stop off the highway.
Wright and 38-year-old passenger Allison Wright, also of Chula Vista, were extricated from the wreckage. A 10-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle. All three were transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
Whether the driver and passengers had their seatbelts on remains under investigation, and police are investigating a tire malfunction as the accident's cause. The three women were not listed in the hospital Monday, and their conditions were not available.
Crews from Knife River will be performing dig-out work on numerous streets in Medford today through July 12.
Scheduled times, dates and locations are below:
Motorists in the affected areas should plan for delays and should consider alternate routes to their destinations. For more information, call Medford Public Works at 541-774-2600.