United Airlines flight 540 from Denver to San Diego experienced a “sudden and drastic loss of cabin pressure” and was forced to make an emergency landing at Grand Junction Airport Wednesday night.
The Boeing 737-800 left Denver airport bound for San Diego when it experienced cabin depressurization event as it crossed the Rockies, forcing the flight to divert to the nearby Grand Junction Airport.
We at the CBoardingGroup happened to be on this flight which, aside from being great fodder for a travel blog, was a briefly terrifying experience, which quickly turned to relief, and then mild irritation at being delayed.
The United Airlines crew did a phenomenal job as we diverted to Grand Junction and ultimately we had a safe, unremarkable landing that was still a relief as noted in our video below.
After spending some time on the tarmac while the crew figured out the next step we ultimately deplaned and spend the night in Grand Junction after hanging in the airport for a bit. The smaller Grand Junction airport was also lovely as they accommodated this unplanned emergency landing.
They recalled a few staff for the cafe which had already closed for the night. The airport staff were extremely pleasant while we all milled about waiting for the next step. Ultimately, we spent the night in Grand Junction while awaiting the rescue flight in the morning.
The passengers were in a mostly good mood throughout the incident and the crew was lovely, professional, and helpful the entire time.
The following video sheds some additional light on the incident: