Eurowings Discover Flight to Frankfurt performs emergency descent – The Berlin Spectator
A chilling aerial incident occurred over the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday when the pilots of an Airbus A330 were forced into an emergency descent due to a loss of cabin pressure. An emergency landing followed. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
Berlin, July 18, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — Despite the current Corona crisis, aviation has resumed operations. Germans travel to tourist destinations all over the world, including the Dominican Republic. Passengers on a plane belonging to Lufthansa Group‘s new airline, Eurowings Discover, experienced shocking moments earlier this week when their pilots made an emergency descent over the Atlantic Ocean. The T-Online news publication first reported the incident.
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It happened early Sunday morning. Eurowings Discover flight no. 4Y007 was en route from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic to Frankfurt. The twin-engine Airbus A330 had almost reached Ireland when the crew noticed a loss of cabin pressure at an altitude of 12,000 meters (39,370 ft). In this situation, the pilots had no choice. They release the passengers’ oxygen masks and perform an emergency descent maneuver.
This kind of approach in a situation like this is necessary. It’s about saving lives by ensuring passengers and crew can breathe on board the aircraft. In this case, the crew brought the Airbus down to 3,000 feet in six minutes. At this kind of altitude, humans can breathe normally.
The airline confirmed the incident to the German-language T-Online news site. According to an official statement, the flight deck crew reacted immediately. They had left their cruising altitude and planned an emergency landing, he added. None of the 179 passengers was injured. The A330 was diverted to Düsseldorf airport. At the low and safe altitude to which the crew brought it, flight no. 4Y007 got there easily.
At this point, there is no information on the reason for the loss of cabin pressure. A leak is one possibility. A similar incident was reported in June, when the crew of a Boeing 737-800 belonging to the Turkish airline Corendon noticed this kind of problem on the route from Nuremberg to Palma de Mallorca. They made an emergency landing in Basel.
No take off
Yesterday’s incident brings back sad memories of Birgenair flight no. 301. In February 1996, she was supposed to be taking German tourists from Puerto Plata to Frankfurt when she crashed into the sea. All 189 people on board died. It happened because of a problem with the plane’s pilot tubes. These are devices that measure latitude.
Another, but much more harmless, air incident occurred at Munich Airport earlier this week. As the Aviation Herald reports, an Airbus A320 belonging to Lufthansa was stopped by its pilots after its take-off run had already begun. This type of maneuver is known as a rejected takeoff. It was carried out due to “disagreeing airspeeds”, which meant that the instruments in the cockpit were indicating different airspeeds. This flight was to take its passengers to Berlin. After a 2 hour delay, they boarded a replacement plane and arrived at their destination.
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