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An American Airlines flight dropped 15,000 feet in 3 minutes after a possible pressurization issue

Hannah Getahun   

An American Airlines flight dropped 15,000 feet in 3 minutes after a possible pressurization issue
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  • An American Airlines flight descended almost 20,000 feet during a Thursday flight.
  • American Airlines said it was due to a "possible pressurization issue."

An American Airlines flight from North Carolina to Florida dropped tens of thousands of feet in a matter of minutes on Thursday, resulting in a "scary" experience for passengers on board.

American Airlines flight 5916 from Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina to Gainesville Regional Airport in Florida descended nearly 15,000 feet in just three minutes. Over the course of seven minutes, the flight descended from about 30,000 feet in the air to just over 10,000 feet, flight records show.

According to a statement from American Airlines shared with Fox Business, a "possible pressurization issue" resulted in the flight crew having to descend suddenly. The flight landed safely at its intended destination of Gainesville Regional Airport.

"While inflight, the crew received an indication of a possible pressurization issue and immediately and safely descended to a lower altitude," a spokesperson told the publication. "We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience and thank our team for their professionalism."

One passenger, University of Florida Professor Harrison Hove, told local North Carolina station WBTV the ordeal was "really scary."

"We started to descend really fast, and once we were breathing, you started to smell this burning smell, so that's when I got really nervous," Hove told the outlet. "The initial moments were really scary, really freaky because your mind wanders and you have a void of information."

No injuries were reported as a result of the drop, WBTV reported.

American Airlines did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment sent outside of regular business hours.




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