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Marine Transport Squadron Carrying 46 Experiences Loss of Pressurization: USMC

At 21,000 feet, the plane experienced a loss of pressurization.

A Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron carrying 46 passengers out of MCAS Miramar lost pressurization during a scheduled training mission, leaving some Marines sick. 

The incident happened Tuesday at approximately 11:20 a.m. when the C-130J left Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, according to a statement from the U.S. Marine Corps. 

At 21,000 feet, the plane experienced a loss of pressurization. 

The air crew executed appropriate procedures and safely landed back at Miramar, officials said. 

Four Marines and one Sailor from the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion had symptoms of decompression sickness the next day. They were treated at Naval Medical Center San Diego and released; they did not require hospitalization. 

The incident is under investigation. 

No further information is available. 

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