An American Airlines airplane headed for Florida descended nearly 15,000 feet in three minutes. The flight crew reported a “pressurization issue” after the plane took off from Charlotte, North Carolina, and was headed to Gainesville, Florida.
The crew of the aircraft, however, informed the Federal Aviation Administration of a probable pressurization problem while the flight was in progress.
Harrison Hove, a passenger, posted an image of himself using an oxygen mask on X (previously Twitter) and described the experience as “terrifying” and “scary.
An American Airlines spokesperson explained the unexpected decrease in altitude as being caused by a pressurisation problem in a statement.
On Thursday, August 10, “American Eagle flight 5916, operated by Piedmont Airlines, from Charlotte to Gainesville, Florida, landed safely. The crew discovered a possible pressurization problem while in flight, and they swiftly and safely lowered the aircraft to a lower altitude. The spokesperson stated, “We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience and thanks our staff members for their professionalism.