Ryanair Passenger “Didn’t Want to Die Before Croatia Wins the World Cup” After Plane Decompression
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Friday night, Ryanair flight #7312 from Dublin, Ireland (DUB), to Zadar, Croatia (ZAD), suddenly lost compression at 37,000 feet. In response, the pilots quickly descended 26,000 feet in approximately six minutes and diverted to Frankfurt’s Hahn airport in Germany. The seven-year old Boeing 737-800 (registration EI-ENM) hasn’t returned to service since the emergency landing.
Video from the flight shows stunned passengers using the oxygen masks — correctly over both nose and mouth — during the flight’s rapid descent. One flight attendant seems to have been in the middle of cabin service at the time of the incident. With only seconds between depressurization and loss of consciousness at this altitude, the flight attendant properly utilized an oxygen mask in the nearest row:
Another photo from the incident indicates that the cabin may have lost power during the emergency descent:
In the aftermath, 33 passengers were transported to the hospital. Some passengers described bleeding from the ears from the rapid decompression. Images and reports indicate one passenger seemingly had a nosebleed and couldn’t continue onto Zadar by air due to her injuries:
One passenger, however, had more than just the flight on his mind. According to his brother Branimiar, Ante Kvartuč wanted to survive the ordeal to be able to watch Sunday’s World Cup final match.
In his translated quote to Croatian news agency 24Sata, Ante — creator and founder of croatiansports.com — said he wasn’t afraid of death. Instead, he was afraid that the plane’s demise would “burden my Croatian team.”
After spending Friday night in “military base camp beds,” Ryanair organized buses to drive passengers 18 hours from Frankfurt to Zadar, Croatia, eventually arriving early Sunday morning. While this was in time for the Croatian fans to watch the World Cup final, their team fell to France 2-4 in the match.
Featured image courtesy of Ante Kvartuč.