NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was a terrifying sight for people on a flight that began at LaGuardia Airport on Saturday after oxygen masks released from overhead during the plane’s decent.
As CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reported, when Danny Lipford took video of the cabin during the chaos, he worried it might be the final minutes of his life.
Lipford was on a US Airways flight from LaGuardia to Charlotte, North Carolina when the oxygen masks suddenly deployed.
“I’m sure the pilots were a little busy there trying to figure it out and it was very obvious that things, the plane was dropping very quickly,” he said.
The scare happened as the plan was beginning its descent for landing. The pilot had quickly dropped the jet from 35,000 feet to just 10, Hsu reported.
The masks were released automatically because of the sudden change in cabin pressure.
“The pilot came on after with that good calming voice as they have and told everybody what had happened,” Lipford said.
There were 146 passengers on board the plane. Some, like Lipford, chose to use the masks. But not everyone.
The flight attendants did what they could to keep people calm.
“They were very professional, but you could tell the stress was very evident in the flight attendants and that’s what made me extremely concerned,” said passenger Sharon Prybylo.
Lipford said the entire crew could not have handled things any better.
“Very calm, very cool,” he said.
Emergency workers were there to meet the passengers upon landing, but nobody was injured.
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