American Airlines Makes Emergency Landing at SFO

Oct 14, 2014 at 10:01 am |
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An American Airlines jet prepares to land at Ronald Reagan

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An American Airlines Boeing 757 traveling from San Francisco to Dallas made an emergency landing yesterday (Oct. 13) after the cabin depressurized and the walls began to break apart.

Shortly after takeoff, passengers heard noises from outside as the fuselage shook violently. Walls on the inside of the cabin broke apart on both sides of row 14. As the cabin depressurized, the walls slowly spread apart, exposing the insulation. Passengers yelled for the flight attendants, as they worried the plane would crash.

At first, the pilot was not too concerned because the aircraft, according to instrumentation, did not depressurize. However, after viewing the damage himself the pilot decided to land the plane. It was 45 minutes after takeoff that the aircraft turned around and returned to San Francisco. There were 184 passengers on the flight.

Greeted by a firetruck, the plane landed safely at SFO. After the passengers disembarked, the plane was towed to a hanger for inspection. There aircraft will not fly again until the problem has been identified and repaired.

An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after the inside began to crack apart. Find out how close to danger the passengers actually got!