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Glasgow bound jet in 20,000ft dive over decompression scare

10.10.06

A plane bound for Glasgow Airport dropped 20,000ft yesterday after a decompression scare. The bmi Airbus 320 plane, which was on its way from the Greek island of Kos, made an emergency descent after a cockpit signal wrongly said that its cabin was losing pressure.

Nearly 160 passengers were told to breathe through oxygen masks as the plane took around 10 minutes to drop down to 10,000ft over East Anglia. A spokesman for the airline stressed passengers and crew had not been in danger and a standard manoeuvre had been carried out, as a precaution.

The plane had been chartered by an independent operator to take holidaymakers home from Greece. It touched down in Glasgow at 05:00. A spokeswoman for Glasgow Airport said: 'This was a normal landing. Our fire trucks were not deployed and none of the 156 passengers on board was injured.'

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