A Ryanair flight carrying 189 people from Dublin to Zadar on Friday the 13th had a sudden “in-flight depressurization” that caused the oxygen masks to drop and the pilots to make a rapid descent. The aircraft landed normally and passengers disembarked, The Guardian reports, however, over 30 passengers were taken to the hospital with bleeding from the ears, headaches, and more side effects from the rapid descent.
“We get on the plane. We’re flying, and next, of all the oxygen masks come down. We’re left in darkness for 15 minutes. There’s no reassurance, just people shouting, ’emergency, emergency,'” passenger Sarah McGarry told the Irish Times. “There was a newborn baby and children on the flight. People are screaming, and we don’t know what’s going on for 15 minutes . . . Then finally we’re told that we’re going to Germany.”
The plane made an emergency landing at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany where, in typical Ryanair fashion, passengers were given a minimum of customer service because “there was a shortage of available accommodation.” They were reportedly kept in a basement of the airport after their trauma before new travel arrangements could be made. And it was traumatic, as the video and images from the flight show. In short, next time you fly, buckle up and thank god for qualified airplane pilots.
— Minerva Galvan (@Maingd) July 14, 2018