Cabin pressure issues force flight to land in Helena

Posted at 7:26 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 09:26:52-04

HELENA – Delta flight 4521 diverted to the Helena Regional Airport on Sunday after experiencing issues with cabin pressure.

Helena Regional Airport director Jeff Wadekamper said the 76-seat aircraft was traveling from Pasco, Washington to Minneapolis. The plane did not lose cabin pressure at any time but needed to land for maintenance.

Passengers had to wait in the terminal for several hours while a mechanic from Minneapolis flew in with a replacement part on a regularly scheduled flight. The passengers and crew then exchanged planes with the incoming flight and departed for Minneapolis around 10:15 p.m.

Wadekamper said the most common diversions for the airport are due to weather, not mechanical issues.

“Flying is still, statistically the safest means of transportation there is today,” said Wadekamper. “So you can be rest assured that all the airports in the system that everybody is working hard to make it as safe as it possibly can be.”

Wadekamper said it’s rare for a diversion or emergency landing to happen at the airport, but they are always prepared. The Helena Regional Airport is staffed with a fire crew and has a mutual aid agreement with all local agencies.

The Helena Regional Airport is also capable of landing any size aircraft during an emergency, even the Airbus A380.

div[data-mml-type=”relatedcategory”]{border: thin solid #e7e7e7;} .categories-right-icon{display: none;} .stories-area > hr{margin: 0px;} .stories-area > iframe {border: white;} div[data-mml-type]{ overflow: hidden; } div[data-mml-status=”draft”] {display: none !important;} div.fb-post span, div.fb-post span iframe{max-width: 100%;} div[data-mml-type=”twitter”].left, div[data-mml-type=”instagram”].left, div[data-mml-type=”facebook”].left{ float: left; position: relative; overflow:hidden; max-width:100%;}div[data-mml-type=”twitter”].right,div[data-mml-type=”instagram”].right,div[data-mml-type=”facebook”].right{ float: right; position: relative; overflow:hidden; max-width:100%;}div[data-mml-type=”twitter”].center,div[data-mml-type=”instagram”].center,div[data-mml-type=”facebook”].center{ width: 100% !important; overflow:hidden; text-align: center;}div[data-mml-type=”twitter”].center iframe,div[data-mml-type=”twitter”].center twitterwidget,div[data-mml-type=”instagram”].center iframe,div[data-mml-type=”facebook”].center iframe{ margin: auto !important;}div[data-mml-type=”facebook”].center > span{ margin: auto !important; display: block !important;} .mml-display-none{display: none !important;} div[data-mml-type=”gmaps”], div[data-mml-type=”youtube”] {position:relative; width:100%; padding-bottom:56.25%;} div[data-mml-type=”gmaps”] iframe, div[data-mml-type=”youtube”] iframe {position:absolute; left:0; top:0;} div[data-embed-type=”clip”],div[data-mml-type=”clip”]{position: relative;padding-bottom: 56.25%;width: 100%;box-sizing: border-box;} div[data-embed-type=”clip”] iframe { position: absolute;}}div[data-embed-type=”social”], {position: relative;padding-bottom: 56.25%;width: 100%;box-sizing: border-box;} div[data-embed-type=”social”] iframe,div[data-mml-type=”clip”] iframe { position: absolute;}}.frankly-img{max-width:100%;}.mce-item-table{word-break: break-all;}