Steven Picou is deputy director of aviation at Amarillo Rick Husband International Airport. He says the Embraer EMB-145XR jet was en route from Grand Junction, Colo., to Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston when the cockpit crew declared an emergency at 1:23 p.m. Wednesday.
The plane was operated by Atlanta-based ExpressJet Airlines for Chicago-based United. Picou says it made a safe, uneventful landing at 1:30 p.m., the passengers deplaned routinely and were booked on the next flight to Houston.
It was unclear if cabin depressurization actually had occurred.