Catalan kids recover after emergency landing scare
The Ryanair flight bound for Barcelona experienced a sudden loss of cabin pressure and was forced to land in central France.27 August 2008
BARCELONA -- Thirteen Catalan children were safely in the care of their parents Tuesday night, hours after the Ryanair flight they were on was forced to make an emergency landing in Limoges, central France, following a sudden depressurisation of the cabin.
Nine of the Catalan children had to be hospitalised after suffering panic attacks or because of pain in their ears caused by the change in air pressure.
The children, who had been attending a language course in the United Kingdom, were among 176 people aboard the Ryanair flight from Bristol to Barcelona when the cabin suddenly lost air pressure.
The pilot descended 8,000 metres in five minutes in order to ensure the safety of the passengers, who had to use oxygen masks until the plane landed.
Authorities are still investigating causes of the abrupt depressurisation of the cabin.
[El Pais / Expatica]