A scheduled JetBlue flight from New York (JFK) to Santiago (STI) Dominican Republic has declared the general emergency and is presently on diversion.
JetBlue flight B6137, operated by an Airbus A320-200 registered N534JB declared a general emergency, squawking 7700 as it passed abeam Ocean City, Maryland en route to Santiago (STI).
The aircraft now appears to be making good a diversion to return to New York.
The flight was on climb through 32,000 feet before initiating a descent to just below 10,000 feet, and is currently initiating a direct return to New York.
Descent to 10,000 feet can sometimes be indicative of a pressurization problem, though it should be stressed that the nature of the emergency is not known at this stage.
JetBlue flight B6137 is operated by an Airbus A320-200, registration N534JB; a 21 year old aircraft. The flight is now in the New York Oceanic Flight Information Region (FIR), on descent through 3,000 feet on approach to JFK.
Weather is VFR for the flight’s arrival. The nature of the emergency remains unconfirmed.
The JetBlue emergency was confirmed as a pressurization failure as we speculated at the time of the incident. Details have now emerged that the aircraft has lost cabin pressure at FL320 (32,000 feet) approximately 30 minutes after departure from JFK, resulting in the flight crew initiating an emergency descent to 10,000 feet.
Video footage which circulated on social media showed that passenger oxygen masks has deployed, which passengers donning and wearing masks.
The JetBlue flight subsequently made good a return to New York JFK at the reduced altitude of 10,000 feet, with the aircraft making a safe return landing just over an hour after departure.