Ryanair Denies Non-working Masks

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
By George Hatcher

What: Ryanair en route from Bristol, England, to Gerona, Spain
Where: central France
When: Aug 26
Who: 141 British and 27 Spanish passengers plus six crew members
Why: cabin suddenly depressurized. The plane lost 26,200 feet (8,000 meters) of altitude”Urgent landing in Limoges” 26 people were hospitalized.; 16 people “complaining of ear ache” were taken to hospital. Although Ryanair brought in a second plane to carry passengers the rest of the way, fewer than twenty of them chose non-aviation transportation.

Some passengers said the oxygen masks had not worked properly. Ryanair denies that there had been any problem with the oxygen supply except that passengers had expected a rush of gas instead of the steady stream the masks actually deliver.

“The oxygen masks were working, the correct safety procedures were followed”

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