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Ryanair flight from Dublin suffers in-flight depressurisation before being diverted

The flight to Zadar was diverted to Frankfurt.

Ryanair says that standard procedures were followed.
Ryanair says that standard procedures were followed.
Image: Peter Byrne/PA Images

PASSENGERS ON BOARD a Ryanair flight between Dublin and Zadar experienced cabin depressurisation before the flight was diverted.

Ryanair flight FR7312 took off from Dublin Airport at 8.27 pm last night and was scheduled to land in the Croatian coastal city but was instead diverted to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport after the in-flight depressurisation.

The plane landed in Frankfurt-Hahn at just before 11.30 pm local-time.

Oxygen masks were deployed during the incident with passengers on board the flight speaking on social media about their experience. One described it as “the worst moments of my whole life”.

Another passenger shared a photograph on Facebook of oxygen masks dangling from the roof of the plane and complained of hearing problems.

German broadcaster DW reports that some 30 passengers were taken to local hospitals with complaints of earaches and headaches.

In a statement, Ryanair said that standard procedures were followed during the incident.

“This flight from Dublin to Zadar diverted to Frankfurt-Hahn due to an inflight depressurisation. In line with standard procedure, the crew deployed oxygen masks and initiated a controlled descent,” a Ryanair spokesperson said.

The aircraft landed normally and customers disembarked, where a small number received medical attention as a precaution.

PastedImage-94053 The flight was diverted to Frankfurt while en route to Zadar. Source: flightradar24.com

One passenger has tweeted that passengers were forced to stay in the airport as they were not provided with a room by Ryanair.

PastedImage-29836 Source: Twitter/Maingd

In its statement, the airline confirmed that there were issues providing accommodation.

“Customers were provided with refreshment vouchers and hotel accommodation was authorised, however there was a shortage of available accommodation,” the statement said.

“Customers will board a replacement aircraft which will depart to Zadar this morning and Ryanair sincerely apologised for any inconvenience.”

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