Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing after cabin pressure causes passenger's ear to bleed

Southwest Airlines said it had removed aircraft from service.

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A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Florida had to make an emergency landing due to a cabin pressure related-injury.

Flight 1694, departing from Hartford to Tampa, turned around mid-flight around to return to Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport, after several passengers complained about feeling pain and discomfort. Moe than one passenger were reportedly bleeding from their ears.

The pilot of the Boeing 737 aircraft reported a potential pressurisation issue and requested to make the emergency landing, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

“Several customers among the 139 on board are being treated for injuries and discomfort by local paramedics,” the airline said in a statement. “We have removed the aircraft from service and will accommodate those wishing to continue their travel with another aircraft.”

The plane returned to Hartford a little after 9pm after an hour of heading towards Tampa International Airport.

Once the plane landed, emergency medical personnel treated several passengers.

There are no reports indicating any of the injuries were severe.

Southwest Airlines reported that it removed the aircraft from service.

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