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Ryanair Emergency 26,000ft descent: Concerns Over Another Serious Cabin Depressurisation Incident for the Airline

Expert Aviation lawyer and former Boeing AWACS pilot urges prompt answers on the causes of this Boeing 737 incident.

On 13 July 2018 a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Ryanair on a flight from Dublin, Ireland, to Zadar, Croatia was forced to enter a rapid descent and make an emergency landing at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany due to an inflight cabin depressurisation.  It is reported that the aircraft was carrying 189 passengers and that over 30 of the passengers were hospitalised, with some complaining of bleeding ears.

The Aviation Team at national law firm Ashfords LLP specialises in representing the victims of air accidents. Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and Head of Aviation at Ashfords, has significant professional experience in flying large Boeing aircraft and has acted in air accidents involving cabin depressurisation, including a Ryanair Boeing 737 depressurisation  in April 2012.

Jim Morris commented: "Cabin depressurisation at cruising altitude - normally around 35,000 feet - is a very serious emergency as the air at this altitude is too thin to support life. This is the reason that the pilots are required to make a rapid descent to10,000 feet, where the air is sufficiently thick to be able to breathe without oxygen masks.

The significant change in cabin air pressure and the rapid descent often causes injuries to passengers, and is a terrifying experience which can also result in ongoing psychological trauma injuries.

Initial reports reveal a terrible ordeal faced by the passengers on board the flight so answers are urgently needed. Boeing, Ryanair and the accident investigators need to work quickly to determine the causes of this accident and promptly publish an accident report, so that lessons can be learned as soon as possible to ensure flight safety can be improved and similar problems are avoided in the future.”

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