Thursday, August 28, 2008

AP Misrepresents 26,000 Feet Airplane Descent

The Associated Press reported that a Ryanair jet 'plunged' 26,000 feet.

The fact is the plane did no such thing. Did it 'descend' 26,000 feet? Yes. I don't know about you but if I'm on a plane, there is a big difference between 'plunging' and 'descending'.

Apparently the plane became depressurized and to assure that the passengers had enough oxygen to breath, the pilots descended the airplane to 8,000 feet. At all times the pilots had the plane under control which was demonstrated clearly by the aircraft's safe landing.

You can read more about the misrepresentation by the AP and the more accurate report by the BBC from links on The Cranky Flier.

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