Hole In Plane Forces Emergency Landing

It lost pressure shortly after takeoff
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2010 12:17 PM CDT

Inspectors have found a gaping 1-foot-by-2-foot hole in the fuselage of a Boeing 757 that was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday. The American Airlines flight, which was headed for Miami to Boston, began violently losing cabin pressure soon after takeoff, forcing it to circle back and land in Miami, the AP reports.

“It was descending really fast, really loud,” one passenger said. “Lights were going on and off. Noises were going on and off. People were hysterical around us. They were crying.” It’s unclear what created the hole, which was located just above a cabin door near the front of the plane. None of the plane’s 154 passengers were harmed in the incident. (More American Airlines stories.)

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