American Airlines Flight 916 has been diverted from Bogota to Miami to Kingston, Jamaica due to a technical problem.
According to NBC News’ Twitter, the airliner said the flight experienced a “pressurization issue.”
@ClaireSmyle Flight AA916 BOG-MIA has landed safely and is expected to continue to MIA, as soon as possible.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) December 30, 2014
Other details were not made known.
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AP update – Lost plane’s request to change course was denied
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — The pilots sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn’t say yes immediately — there was no room. Six other airliners were crowding the airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.
Minutes later, the jet carrying 162 people was gone from the radar without ever issuing a distress signal. The plane is believed to have crashed into Indonesia’s Java Sea, but broad aerial surveys on Monday turned up no firm evidence of the missing Airbus A320-200.
Searchers spotted two oily patches and floating objects in separate locations, but it was not known any of it was related to the plane that vanished Sunday halfway into what should have been a two-hour hop from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. The area is a busy shipping lane. Officials saw little reason to believe theflight met anything but a grim fate.
Based on the plane’s last known coordinates, the aircraft probably crashed into the water and “is at the bottom of the sea,” Indonesia search-and-rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo said. Still, searchers planned to expand their efforts onto land on Tuesday.
The last communication from the cockpit to air traffic control was a request by one of the pilots to climb from 32,000 feet (9,754 meters) to 38,000 feet (11,582 meters) because of the weather. The tower was not able to immediately comply because of the other planes, said Bambang Tjahjono, director of the state-owned company in charge of air traffic control.
The twin-engine, single-aisle plane was last seen on radar four minutes after the final communication.