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Korean Air’s Boeing 737: Emergency Landing After Rapid 25,000-Foot Descent

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Korean Air faced a harrowing incident on Saturday, necessitating an emergency landing after a dramatic descent of 25,000 feet in just five minutes—a plunge compared by a passenger to the intense G-forces of a rollercoaster ride.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 jet departed from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport en route to Taichung, Taiwan. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft encountered issues with its cabin pressure control system. This malfunction prompted Flight KE189 to rapidly descend from its planned cruising altitude of over 30,000 feet to approximately 9,000 feet, reported by Dim Sum Daily Hong Kong. The sudden altitude change caused discomfort among passengers, with 15 individuals experiencing ear pain, breathing difficulties, and two suffering from nosebleeds. Thirteen of these passengers required medical attention and were subsequently taken to hospitals.

Despite the severity of the incident, all passengers escaped without injury. One survivor described the rapid descent as more alarming than the gravitational pull experienced on a rollercoaster, underscoring the gravity of the situation, as reported by the NY Post.

Korean Air promptly addressed the emergency, stating, “We are fully cooperating with authorities to investigate the incident. Our commitment to passenger and crew safety remains unwavering, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

Videos shared by passengers on social media captured the chaotic scene inside the cabin, showing oxygen masks deployed and the aircraft visibly shaking. Instagram user @nancy10in posted a video expressing gratitude for surviving the ordeal and praising the courage of the crew and fellow passengers during the emergency.

The airline’s swift response and the care provided to affected passengers highlighted its dedication to safety in challenging operational circumstances.

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