Jet2 Flight Emergency Landing: Aviation Lawyers Call For Answers

Boeing 757-200 Diverted Following ‘Cabin Pressure Problems’

06.06.2014

Aviation lawyers have revealed their concerns following a serious Jet2 incident involving a flight from Cyprus to Newcastle that was forced to land in Bulgaria following a rapid descent reportedly caused by cabin pressure problems.

Flight LS516 from Paphos had to land at Sofia Airport around an hour after beginning its journey to the UK, with reports suggesting the Boeing 757-200 descended rapidly and oxygen masks were deployed to passengers.

In a statement, Jet2 apologised and said the diversion was “a precautionary measure due to a technical issue”, with passengers then returning to Newcastle on a replacement aircraft.

The specialist aviation lawyers at Irwin Mitchell represent passengers who have suffered serious physical, fatal and psychological injuries in air accidents around the world. The team notably acts for passengers injured in an emergency evacuation of a Jet2 flight at Glasgow Airport in 2012, as well as an emergency descent due to cabin depressurisation by a Ryanair flight to East Midlands in the same year.

Expert Opinion
It is very worrying to see reports of this incident emerge, with it being just the latest in a series of emergency diversions in recent years involving aircraft operated by popular airlines.

"Loss of cabin pressure is a serious emergency. At airliner cruise altitudes, normally around 35,000 feet, the outside air is too thin to support life, so if there is a loss of cabin pressure passengers and crew will become unconscious very quickly and ultimately die, unless they can breathe emergency oxygen or the aircraft is descended to 10,000 feet, the level where the air becomes thick enough to breath. That is the reason that the oxygen masks are deployed and the crew put the aircraft into a very rapid descent.

"This type of emergency is a terrifying experience for passengers and our work on these types of incidents means that we know first-hand how the emergency can affect passengers, often leaving them with physical injuries, such as damage to ear drums, but also psychological trauma for which they may need on-going support and treatment.

"It is crucial that there is an investigation into this Jet2 accident that promptly identifies the causes so that lessons can be learned to prevent similar incidents and improve flight safety."
Jim Morris, Partner