No Problem With Aircraft Found Afterward
Cooler heads prevailed
Sunday night when a Southwest Airlines flight bound for
Manchester, NH from Las Vegas experienced a loss of cabin pressure.
According to those onboard the stricken airliner, everyone onboard
handled the event with calm professionalism.
"All of a sudden, you had a pretty significant popping of the
ears, then the oxygen masks came down," said Dr. Christopher
Newton, a passenger aboard Flight 530, to the Associated Press.
"It was definitely some tense times on the plane," said Newton,
but "I would not say it was a chaotic environment."
No passengers screamed, or showed signs of panic, according to
The 737 experienced a significant drop in cabin pressure with
about one hour to go in the flight. As passengers quickly donned
their oxygen masks, and the pilot rapidly descended to a lower
altitude -- exactly as procedure dictated.
Procedure also supported the decision for the flight to continue
onto Manchester -- now flying at about 14,000 ft -- instead of
diverting to another airport.
"This is something our pilots are trained to handle," said
Southwest spokesman Whitney Eichinger.
Somewhat oddly, nothing amiss was found with the plane after it
arrived in Manchester. The aircraft was later deadheaded to the
airline's maintenance center in Dallas for a thorough
While the cause of Sunday's incident has yet to be determined,
it comes just over three months after
another 737, flying for Cypriot carrier Helios, lost cabin pressure
en route to Athens. All 121 people onboard that
aircraft died when the jet went down outside the Greek capital,
after the passengers lost consciousness and the plane ran out of