Do you pay attention to the flight attendants or the safety video before take off? Wonder how you’d react to a sudden loss in cabin air pressure? According to this report from April 2 at The Telegraph, some passengers on Southwest flight 812 from Sacramento to Phoenix found out firsthand. When the ceiling of the Boeing 737 aircraft partially collapsed, exposing the insulation and wiring, cabin pressure dropped causing the oxygen masks to drop from the ceiling.
From the video in the article, at least one person was scared for her life. When the plane got low enough, she texted her husband she loved him and wondered if it was going to be the last text she’d send. As for when the oxygen masks came down, she said,
…not figuring out how to put on the mask, the bag doesn’t inflate, not knowing if the oxygen is coming…it was terrifying.
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Another passenger had a different point of view. After describing how it felt like his ears were going to explode and that he was close to passing out, and how it took a few minutes after putting the oxygen mask on to return to normal breathing, he said,
…it was a rush, I thought it was awesome. I wasn’t scared at all.
The plane made an emergency landing at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station in Arizona. None of the passengers were injured although it was reported that one of the flight attendants was slightly injured.