Gulf Air flight bound for London forced to drop over 30,000 feet in 8 minutes prior to landing after a loss in cabin pressure.
Over 80 passengers aboard a Gulf Air flight bound for London Heathrow Airport (LHR) were given an incredible scare after their aircraft was forced to drop over 30,000 feet out of the sky due to cabin depressurization. Britain’s Daily Mail reports the incident happened on Gulf Air Flight 3 on Sunday, December 13.
The incident began on a regularly scheduled flight from Bahrain to LHR. Midway through the flight, the pilots encountered a technical issue on the Airbus A330 aircraft, which ultimately resulted in a loss of cabin pressure. Even though oxygen masks were deployed, the pilots decided to execute a rapid descent from their cruising altitude of 40,000 feet to maintain the safety of those aboard.
As a result, the aircraft dropped 32,000 feet in eight minutes, descending from their cruising altitude down to 8,000 feet. The flight was ultimately allowed to land without further incident at LHR 40 minutes later. Nobody aboard the flight was injured as a result of the rapid descent or the depressurized cabin.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, a spokesperson for the flag carrier of Bahrain confirmed the incident aboard GF03. Although they did not speculate on the nature of the “technical difficulties,” the airline praised the pilots for their quick decision.
“Gulf Air crew are trained to handle such incidents, as evidenced by the level of professionalism shown by the pilots and cabin crew as well as all of our teams on the ground,” a spokesperson for the airline told the Daily Mail. “The safety, protection and comfort of our passengers and employees are of utmost importance.”
A United Airlines flight operated by ExpressJet experienced a similar situation earlier this year, forcing the pilots to make the decision to descend 10,000 feet over Kentucky. NBC News reports United Airlines Flight 5919 made the descent after cabin depressurization before making an emergency landing in Indianapolis.
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