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Southwest crew, passengers forced to use oxygen masks; all 'fine'

November 19, 2012|By Michael Muskal

A Southwest Airlines flight from Kansas City to Dallas on Saturday lost cabin pressure, forcing passengers and crew to wear oxygen masks for about 20 minutes until the plane had descended to a safe altitude.

No injuries were reported on Flight 3201, which landed safely at Love Field in Dallas, spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger told the Associated Press.

The flight, carrying 124 passengers and a crew of five, lost pressure at 35,000 feet. The masks deployed and about 20 minutes later, the craft descended below 10,000 feet. At that altitude, the masks were no longer needed.

“Everything is currently fine, as far as I can tell,” a member of the cockpit crew announced to passengers, according to a video he supplied to WFAA-TV in Dallas. “Flight attendants are checking the cabin to make sure everybody's all right.”

The video indicates there was no panic in the cabin.

The plane was inspected over the weekend and returned to service on Monday.

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