Passengers on an Air Canada flight got a big scare yesterday, Jan. 29, when the plane began a rapid descent causing oxygen masks to fall into their laps during a flight from Newark to Vancouver, BC. According to eturbonews the Air Canada Flight 549, an Airbus A319 took off from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey at about 6:22 p.m. ET on Friday and was scheduled to make a 5.5-hour flight to Vancouver International Airport. However while flying over Pennsylvania, the aircraft experienced a drop in pressurization, which caused the pilot to initiate a rapid descent from an altitude of 34,000 feet to 10,000 feet. The aircraft then declared an emergency and diverted to Toronto Pearson International Airport, where it landed at 7:53 p.m. ET.
The incident was also reported on Twitter from passengers such as Milun Tesovic@miluntesovic who wrote: #AC549 @aircanada”that sucked. Lost pressure at 36k feet, rapid descend to 10k with masks on.” There were no reports of injuries of any of the 107 passengers on board flight–save for some very jarred nerves. The jet was met by fire crews at Toronto Airport where the plane land d safely.