The pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight gave passengers quite a scare Tuesday when he announced over the loudspeaker that the plane was “going down.” From Yahoo! News:

At first it sounded like someone was coming over the PA to talk,” Grace Stroud, another passenger, told CNN. “Then it sounded like shots through the cabin, twice, back to back. Seconds later, the panicked captain said, ‘We’re in trouble, we’re going down.'” A Southwest spokeswoman confirmed there was an emergency. “Flight 3426 experienced a maintenance alert as they were on descent into RDU,” Southwest said in a statement. “The captain declared an emergency and descended the aircraft to 25,000 feet where the alert was resolved. Throughout the remainder of the descent the flight was normal, landed uneventfully, and was not met by emergency vehicles.

Passengers were of course extremely spooked after the announcement and quick dive to 25K feet, messaging loved ones, crying, and consoling those next to them.  Upon safely landing, passengers erupted in cheers and applause.  Full details and video news at Yahoo! News.

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Gregory North November 14, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Randy: Excuse me sir, there’s been a little problem in the cockpit…
Striker: The cockpit…what is it?
Randy: It’s the little room in the front of the plane where the pilots sit, but that’s not important right now.

Mike Reed November 14, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Except that if you actually read the article that’s not actually what happened.


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