From NineMSN News...
You seriously have to wonder about what cheap fares have done to the average IQ level on any aircraft nowadays.Qantas passengers have told of their fear as a plane flying from Adelaide to Melbourne plunged 26,000ft, forcing them to wear the oxygen masks that dropped down from the ceiling.
The Boeing 737 was cruising at 36,000ft when the cabin suddenly depressurised, Qantas told Nine News reporter Chloe Bugelly.
Two air conditioning units that were supposed to be pressuring the cabin had failed, forcing the plane to drop to 10,000ft, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
"It was very scary, I've never been in a situation like that," a passenger told Nine News.
"To have the air masks drop down and us not know why was just crazy."
Another passenger, Peter Cowan, told radio station 3AW that others onboard QF670 — which was about three quarters full — were advised to put on their masks but were not told the reason for the rapid descent for several minutes.
"I fly a lot around Australia and overseas and everything else like that, and it's the first time I've been on a plane where the oxygen masks were deployed so that's a fairly scary experience actually," he said.
Some passengers began to panic but Qantas dealt with the situation well, Mr Cowan said.
"To be fair to Qantas they handled it very, very well and the pilot eventually got on and explained to us what had happened and he said it was a safety precaution and that we were all really safe and don't be alarmed," he said
Some passengers said they heard a loud bang before the sharp drop, according to reports.
The plane landed safely at Melbourne airport about 7.55am.
Obviously one passenger quoted above didn't listen to the safety briefing and another needed to know why it occurred... duh !!