Flight Turns Nightmare: Plane Loses Cabin Pressure, Drops 22,000 Feet, Oxygen Masks Deployed

| October 16 , 2017 , 16:42 IST

Flights have become a common part of the modern lifestyle, as distances become shorter and people jet-set wherever they want to go, whether on vacation or for work purposes and as flights have become safer, fears of mid-air catastrophes have reduced over time.

For passengers on an AirAsia flight from Australia to Indonesia, their worst worries came true, as the cabin lost air pressure and the aircraft had to quickly drop from its height of 32,000 feet to 10,000 feet and deploy oxygen masks from the ceiling 25 minutes after takeoff.

The terrified passengers were left with a vague explanation of the plane suffering from a 'technical issue' as the flight returned back to Perth.

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"I picked up my phone and sent a text message to my family, just hoping that they would get it," one tearful passenger told Channel Nine television. "It was horrible."

Another passenger said that not knowing what was happening increased their fears.

"We didn't know what was happening because all the voice recordings on the plane were in every language but English," she said.

In an official statement, AirAsia apologised for the scare and blamed a "technical issue" but did not elaborate on the cause.

"The safety of passengers and crew is our priority," the statement said.

"AirAsia apologises to passengers for any inconvenience caused."

Over the past few months, several flights have been forced back to Australia, including a Qantas flight that returned when its wing flaps could not be retracted, a Johannesburg-bound flight that discovered a crack in the windscreen and an AirAsia Gold Coast flight that was involved in a suspected bird strike.