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13 Passengers Injured as Boeing Plane Malfunctions

Thirteen passengers onboard a Korea Airlines flight to Taiwan have been taken to hospital, after their Boeing aircraft dropped more than 25,000 feet following a fault in the cabin pressurization system.

Korean Airlines Flight KE189 was forced to make an emergency landing in Incheon, South Korea on Saturday following the incident. This is only the latest of a string of reported defects in Boeing aircraft, with the embattled company facing increasing criticism over its planes and safety protocols since January.

The flight departed from Incheon International Airport near the country’s capital of Seoul on Saturday at 16:45 local time. Its was set to arrive in Taicheung International Airport in Taiwan around two hours later.

However, 50 minutes following its departure, pilots became aware of a fault in the aircraft’s cabin pressurization system. The plane subsequently dropped from an altitude of 35,000 feet to under 10,000 feet within the span of ten minutes, according to airplane tracking website flightradar24.

The aircraft was a Boeing 737 Max 8, according to Korea JoongAng Daily.

Passengers were forced to put on oxygen masks which dropped from the ceiling, and children onboard cried as the plane began its rapid descent, the Taipei Times reported.

The Boeing 737 subsequently diverted back to Incheon airport, where passengers waited until Sunday morning for a replacement flight, which arrived in Taiwan just after midday.

The rapid change in cabin pressure caused multiple passengers to suffer from headaches, hyperventilation, eardrum pain and nosebleeds, according to Korea JoongAng Daily, citing officials within the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation.

Upon landing back at Incheon, thirteen passengers were taken to hospital as a result of the incident, though no serious injuries were reported.

This is only the latest in a series of reported malfunctions on Boeing aircraft, who have been under increased scrutiny over the safety of their aircraft since a panel fell off an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 plane mid-flight in January.

The incident cause Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun and chairman Larry Kellner to announce their exit from the company by the end of 2024.

In March, a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 was forced to ground after a tire fell off, and to make an emergency landing after a tire fell off the plane, and 50 individuals were reportedly injured after extreme turbulence was experienced onboard a 787-9 Dreamliner travelling from Sydney to Auckland.

In early June, another Boeing plane was forced to make an emergency landing, after flames were seen coming from one of its engines.

The Virgin Airlines Boeing 737 was flying from Queenstown, New Zealand to Melbourne, Australia, but was rerouted to Invercargill Airport following the incident.

Since January, several past and current employees have alleged that Boeing cut corners in the construction of its aircraft, while ignoring warnings regarding their safety.

Two such whistleblowers – Joshua Dean and John Barnett – died unexpectedly after coming forward.

CEO Calhoun testified before a senate hearing last week, where he was interrogated regarding his company’s safety standards, transparency, and workplace culture.

  • Threelies One says:

    Interesting how they expect everyone to be too stupid to figure out the difference beteen manufacturer defect and maintenance issue.
    There’s no way to predict when a part will malfunction. Some parts have a mandatory replacement after so many flight hours but they don’t always make it. Some parts last for years without a single problem. Regardless, there are redundancies built in to back up a system in the event of a failure and emergency procedures for every eventuality. Everything depends on a solid maintenance program to keep those to a minimum but nothing and no one is imune to Murphy’s law.
    Everybody gets it eventually but hardly anyone sees it coming.

  • Patriot 01 says:

    Everyone is quick to blame Boing for everything that happens to one of their aircraft, the way I see it and anyone that has a brain should see it, it is a maintenance issue and most of the issues that Boeing has had are maintenance issues start looking at the people that are responsible for the maintenance and safety of the aircraft.



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