Passengers Hospitalised as Ryanair Makes Emergency Landing
A number of passengers received medical attention after a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Croatia was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany.
The flight to the coastal city of Zadar landed at Frankfurt-Hahn airport at around 11.30pm due to an in-flight depressurisation.
Oxygen masks were deployed and a "controlled descent" was initiated.
Around 30 passengers were admitted to local hospitals with complaints of earaches and headaches, according to local media reports.
The flight, FR7312, left Dublin just after 8pm last night.
In a statement, Ryanair said passengers were provided with refreshment vouchers and hotel accommodation was authorised.
However there was a shortage of available accommodation around the airport.
Minerva Galban, a Spanish citizen who was on board the flight described the moment it happened, saying they heard a crack and suddenly there was no air in the cabin.
Speaking to RTÉ News she described how around 90 minutes into the flight from Dublin the oxgyen masks came down and it was straight into an emergency landing.
She said the descent happened quickly. "Some people were bleeding from the ears and nose. Others were nervous but no one panicked. Not even the babies cried," she said.
Ms Galban commended the cabin crew for their professionalism during the emergency landing but said on arrival at the airport "they were forgotten about" by the airline.
She said many passengers had to sleep on the floor while some children were given a room with some beds.
She added around 30 people who suffered nose and ear bleeds and headaches, including her Croatian boyfriend, were taken to hospital. She was not allowed to travel with him to the hospital.
He has since been released from hospital but is not allowed to fly today due to the injuries he sustained during the loss of air pressure, so they are searching for an alternative means of transport.
The pair were travelling to Croatia to visit her boyfriends' family.
She said some of the other passengers were travelling home ahead of Croatia's World Cup final tomorrow and many others were holidaymakers, including families.
Ms Galban said some of the affected passengers were due to take an alternative Ryanair flight from Frankfurt to Zadar at 9:30am this morning.
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