‘I heard a banging sound’: Terrifying moment cabin walls on packed passenger jet CRACKED in mid-air
Screaming passengers on a Boeing 757 found themselves stuck in the middle of a real-life disaster movie when cabin walls began cracking mid-flight.
The captain of the Dallas-bound American Airlines flight decided to turn around and head back to San Francisco around an hour into the flight.
American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the decision was made because of a possible blown air duct.
None of the 184 passengers and six crew members were hurt but terrified travellers were left fearing for their lives when pieces of the cabin started to work loose.
James Wilson, of Kyle, Texas, told Sky News the fuselage began violently shaking and popping noises came from outside the plane as it began to climb following take off.
And passengers began screaming in terror when interior panels on both sides of the plane came away from the walls.
“It was the whole row 14 on all sides, from the floor to the ceiling,” Mr Wilson said.
“It sounded like it was popping and banging so loud at first I thought stuff was coming out of the overhead compartments.”
“It was terrifying, we didn’t know what was going on, we were all shouting to the flight crew.”
The captain first announced that the flight would continue on to Dallas because the pressure inside the cabin was stable.
But he decided to make the emergency landing after he saw the damaged panels himself,
Aviation safety experts told Sky that while it is worrying for passengers to see any piece of the plane break, the cabin’s wall panels are not part of the plane’s structure.
It’s not the first time this month air travellers have been panicked by on-board drama on a plane.
Just a few days ago, a passenger aboard a US Airways flight caused a full-scale medical alert when he screamed: “I have Ebola! You are all screwed!”