Ryanair Flight Drops 27,000ft In Five Minutes Leaving 33 In Hospital
More than 30 people were taken to hospital after a Ryanair flight dropped nearly 30,000 feet in the air.
Last night, (Friday, July 13) Ryanair flight FR7312 from Dublin to Zadar, Croatia, was forced to make an emergency landing at the Frankfurt-Hahn airport following the cabin becoming depressurised.
A total of 33 passengers were taken to hospital, all requiring medical treatment.
As reported by German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, a spokesman from the Federal Police stated, ‘the passengers complained of headache and earache and suffered from nausea’.
Although it was not clear at first what happened to the flight carrying 189 passengers, it’s now been confirmed there’d been a drop in pressure on board leading to oxygen masks being deployed.
According to a log on Flight Radar 24, the flight rapidly dropped from 37,000 feet to 10,000 feet over a seven-minute period, 80 minutes after take off.
Passengers took to social media to share their experiences.
Minerva Galvan posted a photo of an oxygen mask splattered with blood on Twitter, writing:
A picture from one of the passengers of the flight FR7312, from Dublin to Zadar. She cannot fly due her injuries. We are still in the Frankfurt-Hahn. No information, no alternatives, no place to rest.
12 hours ago we had an emergency landing from our flight FR7312, from Dublin to Zadar at the airport Frankfurt-Hahn. We lived, very scary moment. [sic]
We are abandoned at the airport. No bus, no alternatives, no place to rest. We cannot flight! We need help. [sic]
Another passenger, Ruth Cosgrove, was meanwhile thankful explaining why on Twitter:
Been on a lot of flights in my time but never experienced emergency landing with oxygen masks and the works on flight to our holiday destination in Croatia.
Flight path below – Frankfurt for now – not the start we planned but could be worse.
While another person took to Twitter to call Ryanair out for their poor treatment of passengers after the incident:
My friend was on Ryanair FR7312, and heard a pop, followed by a drop. Thankfully they landed safely in Frankfurt, but have been treated very poorly in the 10 hours since.
Sleeping on the floor in a military airport with no blankets, and no information about what happened.
Leaving Dublin at 8.27pm local time, the flight was cruising over northern France when problems hit at 9.44pm.
Making an emergency signal, the plane’s crew decided to cut their journey short making a U-turn towards Germany.
Three hours after take-off, the plane safely landed at the Frankfurt-Hahn airport.
In a statement issued to The Guardian, a Ryanair spokesman said:
This flight from Dublin to Zadar (13 July) diverted to Frankfurt Hahn due to an inflight depressurisation.
In line with standard procedure, the crew deployed oxygen masks and initiated a controlled descent.
The aircraft landed normally and customers disembarked, where a small number received medical attention as a precaution.
Customers were provided with refreshment vouchers and hotel accommodation was authorised, however there was a shortage of available accommodation.
Customers will board a replacement aircraft which will depart to Zadar this morning and Ryanair sincerely apologised for any inconvenience.
We hope the passengers get to their destination safely.
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