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Panic on board the plane: passengers broke down ceiling compartments to get oxygen masks

There was chaos on a United Airlines flight when, after an unexpected emergency announcement about how to use oxygen masks, only a fraction of them were available. Panic began among passengers, writes Fox business.

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An unusual incident occurred on board a Boeing 777-200 flying from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Dulles International Airport (Washington) last Wednesday, June 12.

Suddenly, an automatic announcement went off that everyone needed to put on oxygen masks. However, only a few of them actually fell out of the top bar. United Flight 914 passenger Parker Pitman told aviation news site Simple Flying that panicked people tried to open overhead compartments to get oxygen masks.

“One person had a panic attack and ran to the salon door, possibly trying to open it,” Pitman suggested. — None of the crew members or flight attendants had ever encountered an emergency announcement about oxygen masks being automatically triggered before. It was a very strange situation."

According to travel news site Paddle Your Own Kanoo, flight attendants encountered difficulty trying to contact pilots through the internal phone system. Although, fortunately, there was no obvious danger on the transatlantic flight.

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"A small number of oxygen masks accidentally went off," United Airlines said in a statement to FOX Business. The company noted that cabin air pressure remained normal throughout the flight, the plane landed at the scheduled time, and passengers were able to disembark normally.

Boeing is under scrutiny after a door seal failed during a flight on one of Alaska Airlines' 737 Max 9 planes in early January.

In March, a United Airlines flight from Houston to Fort Myers, Florida, was forced to turn around for an emergency landing after the Boeing 737-900 developed engine problems.

In April, an Alaska Airlines flight from Honolulu to Anchorage, Alaska, was forced to return due to a malfunctioning toilet sink because water flooded the cabin of the Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft.

On June 18, a Senate subcommittee held a hearing on "Boeing's Safety Culture Violations," which featured testimony from Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun. He began his speech by addressing the families of passengers who died in Boeing plane crashes in 2018 and 2019.

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“I want to personally apologize on behalf of everyone at Boeing,” he told relatives of the victims holding signs with photos of the victims. “We are deeply sorry for your losses.” Nothing is more important than the safety of the people who board our aircraft."

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