The passengers of the Ryanair flight from Milan to East Midlands literally had their hearts in their mouths when the Boeing 737-800 aircraft appeared to have suddenly gone out of control as reported in Skynews dated 6th April 2012.
The flight FR 1703, carrying 134 passengers from Milan Bergamo airport, was in danger.
In the words of Melvin Frater and his wife Jacqueline, from Nottingham, it was an ordeal when he was plummeted in mid air when the cabin lost pressure and there was a sudden rush of cold air!!
It could be labeled as a narrow escape from the jaws of death when there was a ‘bang’, the cabin pressure suddenly dropped and the captain said ‘Mayday’ over his microphone to the ground staff.
‘Mayday’ means ‘a distress signal’ – or the end of the world!!
The oxygen masks dropped from above and the children began to cry but, the adults tried to maintain their composure.
The pilot had to make an emergency landing and the plane was diverted to Frankfurt Hahn airport where the passengers were transferred to another aircraft to continue with their journey.
Three passengers had to be treated for ear-related problems and Ryanair has offered apologies for the incident.