Boeing 737 Lost Cabin Pressure Friday Night, Passengers Bled Out Their Ears

Last night Ryanair flight 7312 from Dublin to Zadar, Croatia diverted to Frankfurt Hahn airport in Germany after it lost cabin pressure.

The Boeing 737-800 had 189 people on board and was flying at 37,000 feet 120 miles southwest of Hahn airport at the time of the incident. Passengers reported hearing a bang. The flight crew deployed passenger oxygen masks and made an emergency descent all the way down to 8000 feet.

Several passengers reported sickness, including nausea and ear pain, and some passengers even bled out of their ears. Once on the ground thirty three passengers were treated by medical staff and taken to hospitals.

“We get on the plane, we’re flying and next of all the oxygen mask comes down, we’re left in darkness for 15 minutes, there’s no reassurance just people shouting ‘emergency, emergency’.

“There was a newborn baby and children on the flight, people are screaming and we don’t know what’s going on for 15 minutes . . . Then finally we’re told that we’re going to Germany.”

Another passenger, who did not want to be named, said “it was really scary, there were three to four minutes (that felt like an hour) when the plane was falling fast and I thought we were done for”.

The passenger, who was travelling with three young children, said people were bleeding from the eardrums when they landed.

Ryanair reports they authorized hotel vouchers but said there were a shortage of rooms so generally passengers who weren’t taken to the hospital didn’t get anything other than 10 euros for food during their overnight.

A replacement aircraft took passengers from Frankfurt Hahn onto Zadar this morning. The 13 hour delay was likely necessary for medical reasons, given the rapid descent and medical issues safety may suggest waiting before returning to altitude and pressurization.

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