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Terror on tourist flight as 'oxygen masks fail to release'
Panic on passenger flight as some oxygen masks fail while plane plunges 25,000ft at ‘incredible speed’ leaving five on board needing treatment after sharp drop in pressure
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A horrifying video shows passengers gasping for breath after oxygen masks on a Rossiya Airlines plane failed during a 25,000ft plunge.
A baby can be heard screaming as the 167 passengers, including 21 children, try desperately to breathe through broken oxygen masks at the end of the five and a half hour journey from Sochi.
The ‘ancient’ Boeing-737-800 was forced to make an emergency landing in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia as the ten-minute plunge caused extreme cabin depressurisation.
Five people needed medical treatment as a result of the sharp drop in pressure on the Rossiya Airlines plane.
The state-owned airline, which is part of the Aeroflot group, is now subject to a criminal investigation to the incident, state media reported.
The oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling of the plane but when passengers tried to use them, some did not work
Passengers press oxygen masks to their faces in an attempt to make them work better during the ten-minute emergency descent
Passenger Andrey Saltanov, who was flying from the ski resort on the Black Sea, said the aeroplane had been ‘ancient’.
‘This is how we arrived in Krasnoyarsk. Cabin depressurisation, and emergency descent.
‘My ears nearly popped. The plane turned out to be ancient.
The orchestra musician added: ‘The masks of the passengers next to me didn’t even fall down.
‘So much for Aeroflot. Thank God we landed.’
The state-owned airline, which is part of the Aeroflot group, is now subject to a criminal investigation to the incident
Musician Andrey Saltanov said the plane was ‘ancient’ and that he was very glad when the aircraft landed safely
Another passenger, Yulia, said she started to write a goodbye message to her husband as the plane rapidly descended.
‘At 7:05, I woke up because my ears were very sore,’ she said.
‘I opened my eyes, and the lights were already flickering, oxygen masks fell out, and there was panic on the plane.’
She described how ‘the plane seemed to be falling, and we flew down at incredible speed towards the ground. It was scary.
‘There was no announcement. I didn’t hear anything. I didn’t understand what was happening.
‘First, I removed my tablet and phone – I understood that we were still shaking and it could hit the ground.
‘I buckled up, and after that, I put on an oxygen mask. There was not enough oxygen. I was already starting to suffocate.
‘Maybe it was a panic attack because I was very scared and I could not breathe normally.’
The passenger said she looked out of the window to keep an eye on the progress of the plane but said there were no announcements to tell people what was happening.
‘I took an oxygen mask, started breathing, and did not understand what was happening.
‘I looked out the window. We were moving rapidly towards the ground, and my ears still hurt.
Terrified passengers weren’t told why the plane was making a sudden descent and some said the cabin turned ‘icy cold’
A baby can be heard crying in a video of the petrifying incident. There were 21 children on board when the plane plunged 25,000ft
Five people needed medical treatment as a result of the sharp drop in pressure on the Rossiya Airlines plane
The oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling but didn’t work for many passengers, leaving five needing medical treatment
‘I already started to say goodbye to my husband, wrote him a message, and sent a photo.
‘Then the fall stopped, the plane began to fly smoothly, and they announced that we had completed an emergency descent.’
Another passenger said: ‘It suddenly became icy cold in the cabin, the masks fell down then for about 10 minutes, there was a deathly silence and a sharp decline.
‘It was difficult to breathe without masks. The feelings were indescribable.
The ‘ancient’ Boeing-737-800 was forced to make an emergency landing in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia after a severe cabin depressurisation
Five people needed medical treatment and a doctor met the plane in Krasnoyarsk, a major city in Siberia, after its emergency landing
‘Then, closer to the ground, the captain said everything was in order, and the emergency descent was completed. The landing itself was smooth.’
TASS state news agency said: ‘Three minutes before the start of the descent, an abnormal operation of the cabin pressure control sensor occurred and the crew decided to release the oxygen masks in the cabin.’
‘An inspection of the scene was carried out by air investigators, and all the circumstances and causes of the incident are being established,’ said the Investigative Committee.
‘A procedural decision will be made based on the results of the investigation.’
A ‘violation of safety rules’ is suspected.
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