JetBuddy wrote:Wow, that's an interesting account for what happened Zoedyn. This was a really extreme situation.
This thread should be of interest to a lot of people, but it seems like a lot of forum members don't know what has happened. I wonder if it's the long thread title, or that it happened in China and not in the West. (I'm not criticizing).
No worries. I am sure such an unusual incident with such a common aircraft that bordered on a deadly tragedy literally by a thread would engage the whole-hearted attention of all obvious stakeholders in the industry, particularly aircraft manufacturers, MRO operators, pilot-training academies, airlines, aviation authorities, etc, apart from Sichuan Airlines and Airbus
More details during the incident have come to light. Here is an account of the incident from the perspective of a passenger. Per this report 川航乘客：机舱断电，听到空姐大吼“我们有信心有能力迫降地面”Stewardess was heard shouting: "We have the confidence and competency for a safe forced landing", a man named Pingcuo aboard the flight got the following description
Pingcuo said he was dozing off when things went wrong. A huge bang, he got awoken and scared, and felt the plane was free falling; oxygen masks were also dropping down; stewardesses were seen rushing to help everybody put on the masks.
He said he was at that moment fully aware he was in the middle of a mid-air accident, but was completely incapacitated to do anything
There was power failure within the cabin, and the loudspeaker couldn't work. Unexpectedly, a stewardess was heard shouting to everyone at the top of her voice: "Please believe in us. We have the confidence and competency to bring everybody to a safe forced landing!"
The stewardesses went on to work as usual, and passed drink water around passengers. Amidst such infectious ambience, all passengers surprisingly without exception remained calm and unperturbed throughout the forced landing. When the plane eventually made a safe landing at CTU, Pingcuo and a pal nearby couldn't help giving each other a close hug
The inside look of the cabin for Flight #3U8633 during the emergency