A SOUTHWEST Airlines passenger jet was forced to make a dramatic emergency landing after the plane lost cabin pressure mid-flight.
The flight from Belize, in Central America, to Denver was diverted after the cabin pressurisation stopped functioning.
Pressurisation is vital at altitudes above 10,000 feet as low air pressure can cause several psychological conditions including decompression and altitude sickness.
Southwest Airlines Flight 289 was diverted to Houston when it became clear the plane could not continue on its designated path.
It is believed no one on board was affected by the pressurisation drop.
A Southwest Airlines spokesman said: “It looks like we diverted out of an ambundance of caution for a mechanical issue onboard.
“Safety is our top priority, and all customers are being rerouted through Houston.”
Daily Star previously reported on how a passenger jet was forced to make an unscheduled landing after an altercation broke out over a man breaking wind mid-flight.
The flight was scheduled to arrive in Amsterdam, after a long-haul trip from Dubai.
According to reports, a bloke on board had constantly passed gas, showing no remorse for two Dutchmen who asked him to stop.