Passengers were reportedly terrified when a Gulf Airbus A330 on flight GF003 dropped 32,000ft in a controlled emergency descent after experiencing a technical problem approaching London. It is though that de-pressurisation issues flagged up by an indicator lamp may have been the cause.
The flight, from Bahrain to London, was carrying 89 people when it was forced to make the emergency descent. The aircraft made a rapid controlled descent from its 40,000ft flight level at around 1.55pm on Sunday and stopped the descent when it reached 8,000ft at 2.03pm. A flight level safe from pressurisation issues.
During the incident Oxygen masks were deployed, and the flight landed safely at Heathrow around 40 minutes after the incident.
The airline said in a statement: "Gulf Air can confirm that flight GF003, an Airbus A330, flying from Bahrain to London on 13 December, experienced technical issues that resulted in the airline's experienced cockpit crew successfully executing an emergency descent and safely landing at Heathrow International.
"The aircraft, carrying 89 passengers, landed without incident and all passengers disembarked safely.
"The safety, protection and comfort of our passengers and employees are of utmost importance and Gulf Air crew are trained to handle such incidents as evidenced by the level of professionalism shown by both the pilots & cabin crew as well as all of our teams on the ground."
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