NEW YORK (PIX11) – A SkyWest plane flying out of Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo after a passenger lost consciousness, according to the company.
The Connecticut-bound Embraer E170 aircraft took off just after 9:30 a.m. at O’Hare airport. What sparked the emergency is still not clear, and the FAA told PIX11 that “a pressurization problem” forced the flight down at Buffalo International Airport at 11:40 a.m.
After some media outlets reported that the main door had opened during the flight, SkyWest tweeted, “Flight 5622 landed safely in Buffalo, NY after a passenger lost consciousness, no problem w door.”
It’s not known what may have caused the passenger to lose consciousness. After receiving medical attention at the Buffalo airport, the passenger was released.
The airline is now working to get the 75 passengers to Hartford.
SkyWest is headquartered in St. George, Utah, and partners with major airlines including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. The company has a fleet of 338 planes and flies more than 1,700 times a day.