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Passengers describe 'fear' & 'panic' as FlySafair flight rapidly descended

FlySafair’s flight FA103 experienced a gradual cabin pressure drop about 32,000 feet in the air.

FlySafair. Picture: Facebook.
FlySafair,FlySafair flight loses cabin pressure
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JOHANNESBURG - One of the passengers on board FlySafair’s flight to Cape Town last night has described fearing for her life and that of her eight-month-old baby as the aircraft rapidly descended and turned back to Johannesburg.

FlySafair’s flight FA103 was en route to Cape Town when it experienced a gradual cabin pressure drop about 32,000 feet in the air.

Passengers have described a state of panic in the cabin as the seat belt sign flashed and oxygen masks dropped, without any explanation.

Irene Louw was on board last night’s flight with her husband and eight-month-old baby, and says they were shocked by the emergency.

“I’ve never, ever been so scared in my whole life, especially because I had my baby with me. I didn't really know how to help her."

Louw says the pilot then announced a rapid descent.

“But they didn’t explain why he was saying that. Then we was just started falling or descending, but it felt more like falling. But because we had no indication of what was going on it was very scary.”

She says passengers were not sure about where the aircraft would land.

“My husband called one over to get a seat belt for the baby and he asked her if we were making a landing or what was going on. She said we were going to make a landing on land. So I thought we were going to make a crash landing or something.”

The Johannesburg woman says ground staff at the airport also appeared surprised by the return of the flight.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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