United Airlines flight to Rome plunges 28,000 feet in ten minutes after a “drop in cabin pressure” forces it to divert to New Jersey.
- Boeing 777 fell more than 28,000 feet in just 10 minutes
- United Airlines plane was traveling from Newark to Rome
- The airline said this was due to a “possible drop in cabin pressure”.
A United Airlines flight to Rome carrying nearly 300 people plunged more than 28,000 feet in just ten minutes due to a drop in cabin pressure.
Flight data revealed that UAL510, a Boeing 777 traveling from Newark Liberty International Airport to Rome-Fiumicino International Airport, went from an altitude of 37,000 feet to 8,700 feet in just ten minutes Wednesday evening.
The plane flew twice over Nova Scotia, Canada, at a stable altitude around 10:30 p.m. before returning home.
The plane, which was carrying 270 passengers and 14 crew members, returned to Newark to “address a possible loss of cabin pressure,” a United Airlines spokesperson said.
“The flight landed safely and there was never a loss of cabin pressure,” the spokesperson said.
The flight experienced “a possible loss of cabin pressure,” a United Airlines spokesperson said.
Flight data revealed the plane flew over Nova Scotia twice before returning to Newark.
The Federal Aviation Administration, the body responsible for regulating flights in the United States, also said the plane experienced a “pressurization issue,” prompting it to turn back.
United Airlines said the travelers on the plane were eventually transported to Italy on another plane.
The air chaos comes as U.S. airlines have criticized the FAA for not employing enough staff, leading to hundreds of flights delayed or canceled during a record travel season.
Airlines have faced flight problems after a record summer travel season in the United States and flights voluntarily halted due to the shortage of air traffic.
They want to add more flights to meet demand, and top airline executives have criticized the FAA for not doing enough to help them meet that demand.
“In the short to medium term, we need to reduce flights at highly impacted airports because the system cannot cope with the current number of flights,” Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue Airways, said at an industry conference Tuesday. .
“We are selling flights that we know we will not be able to operate due to air traffic control issues,” he added.
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, who harshly criticized the FAA this summer, said at the conference that the lag in air traffic staffing levels “took two decades to build and it will take years to get there.” remedy”.
In July, commercial airlines recorded 46 “close accidents” between planes, according to the FAA.
Near misses include one on July 2, when a Southwest Airlines flight landing at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans happened just seconds after hitting a Delta plane that was about to take off from the same track.
In San Francisco, two planes taking off nearly crashed into a Frontier Airlines plane that had just landed and was waiting to cross the runway.
Another incident near Minden, Louisiana, between an American Airlines plane and a United Airlines plane caused the American pilot, flying more than 500 mph, to pull the plane 700 feet to avoid a collision.