American Airlines plane descends 15,000 feet in 3 minutes after pressurization issue

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On Thursday, American Eagle Flight 5916 from Charlotte (North Carolina) to Gainesville (Texas), operated by their regional carrier Piedmont Airlines, experienced a pressurization from the cabin about 200 miles from Gainesville. Of the oxygen masks were deployed in the cabin and the pilots initiated an emergency descent to descend to 10,000 feet.

Following the pressurization problem, theEmbraer ERJ145 of the airline, registration N922AE, dived to a lower altitude in just three minutes. The Flight Tracking Website shows the plane descending from 29,900 feet to 10,050 feet, where it remained until descending to land. The crew handled everything well, although the 48 passengers aboard the Embraer ERJ-145 registration N922AE found the steep descent and oxygen mask deployment frightening.

“We started descending really fast, and once we got our breath, we started getting this burning smell, so that’s when I got really nervous. The first few moments were really scary, really weird”, testified one of the passengers. In a statement, an American Airlines spokesperson confirmed the incident to Fox Business: “American Eagle Flight 5916, operated by Piedmont Airlines, from Charlotte (CLT) to Gainesville, Fla. (GNV), landed safely at GNV on Thursday, August 10. During the flight, the crew received an indication of a possible pressurization problem and immediately and safely descended to a lower altitude. We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience and thank our team for their professionalism. »

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