April 1, 2011
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A commercial flight from Phoenix to Sacramento today had to be diverted to an airport in Yuma due to rapid cabin decompression caused by a hole in the jet’s fuselage.
“It dropped pretty quick,” said passenger Brenda Reese, who provided cellphone photographs of the cabin damage on the Boeing 737. The pictures showed a panel that was hanging open in a section above the plane’s middle aisle.
“It’s at the top of the plane, right up above where you store your luggage,” Reese told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “The panel’s not completely off. It’s like ripped down, but you can see completely outside… When you look up through the panel, you can see the sky.”
Reese said the plane had just left Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport when she awoke after hearing a “gunshot-like sound” in the cabin and o
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