After pressure drop and emergency landing in Basel: Corendon passengers complain of earache

Sit in a B737-800 (Photo: Steffen Lorenz).
Sit in a B737-800 (Photo: Steffen Lorenz).

After pressure drop and emergency landing in Basel: Corendon passengers complain of earache

Sit in a B737-800 (Photo: Steffen Lorenz).
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A pressure loss occurred on Corondon Europe flight XR2271 on Sunday on the way from Nuremberg to Palma de Mallorca. The Boeing 737-800 with the registration 9H-TJE initiated the emergency descent and landed at Basel-Mulhouse Airport.

At first everything looked like a normal holiday flight. There was a pressure loss in Swiss airspace. The captain then decided to initiate the emergency descent. Radar data shows that the cruising altitude of around 10.050 meters was quickly left and the aircraft had dropped to around 3.050 meters. This maneuver was carried out in around seven minutes.

The pilots managed to land the 9H-TJE safely at Basel Mulhouse Airport. However, due to the drop in pressure and the rapid emergency descent, there were injuries. According to the current information, at least 37 passengers are said to have suffered severe pain in their ears and had to be treated medically. These are said to have been taken to hospital for further clarification on suspicion of tinnitus and eardrum pain.

Corendon Europe declined to comment on the incident. However, a first officer who works for this Maltese carrier but was not himself on flight XR2271 confirmed that the oxygen masks on 9H-TJE had deployed due to the loss of pressure. Furthermore, the responsible flight captain had declared an air emergency in accordance with the regulations. He could not say anything about the cause, as one had to wait for the results of the technical investigation. Otherwise it would be pure speculation.

The description of the co-pilot largely corresponds to statements made by passengers who told Aviation.Direct that they heard an announcement from the flight deck that an air emergency had to be declared. Furthermore, the oxygen masks would have triggered. The behavior of the cabin crew is criticized, which is said to have seemed a little overwhelmed with the situation. The last sentence is a subjective perception of individual passengers.

According to official information, there are 2271 passengers on board flight XR203. The machine type is equipped with 189 seats. The excess number of travelers is due to the fact that there were many small children on this holiday flight who did not occupy their own chairs. The 9H-TJE is still at Basel-Mulhouse Airport and is being technically examined there. The authorities will also examine these Boeing 737-800 if necessary. What caused the loss of pressure is still completely open.

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