A tourist plane recently experienced a terrifying incident, leaving its passengers panicking and crying. The aircraft fell down to about 18,000 feet before it made an emergency landing in Crete.
According to the Daily Mail, the Nordwind Airbus A321-200 came from Greece and was bound for St.Petersburg. The aircraft flew up to 25,000 feet when suddenly, it began falling to about 7,000 feet over the Meditteranean before making an emergency landing just 40 minutes after taking off.
One of the passengers posted on social media and said, "Friends, we nearly crashed. To be more precise, we fell about three kilometers." However, reports state that the drop almost reached five kilometers.
According to Express, the cause of the incident was a problem in cabin pressure and not the engines stalling. But despite the pressure problems, the oxygen masks were not released as the plane was falling down.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the passengers were scared and experienced ear pains, especially the children. Also, one of the passengers complained that the flight attendants didn't attempt to control the situation which caused panic in the crowd. The crew also didn't inform the passengers that they were landing.
Nordwind hasn't released a statement yet with regards to the incident. But a representative from the Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg said, "We know that the flight of Nordwind aviation company from Heraklion was canceled. Passengers are being brought back on another plane."
When the plane successfully performed the emergency landing, local police and emergency personnel took care of the situation. The traumatized passengers were transferred to another flight to Russia while the ten-year-old aircraft was put under inspection.