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Netherlands - Emergency Oxygen Systems Deployed On Lizhensk-Bound Plane, Pilot Issues Mayday Call, Lands Safely In Amsterdam

Published on: March 19, 2017 10:16 AM
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Netherlands - A 767 charter flight from London to Poland filled with passengers headed for Lizhensk to observe the yahrtzeit of the Noam Elimelech made an unscheduled landing in Amsterdam after an aircraft malfunction forced the pilot to issue a Mayday call.

Titan Airways flight AWC941 left Stansted at 9:21 local time, according to Dutch aviation site Up In The Sky (http://bit.ly/2mgZ1jb), bound for Rzeszow, Poland approximately 25 miles from Lizhensk. 

But just 20 minutes into the flight, the flight crew received an indication that the passenger cabin was losing pressure.

The pilot of AWC941 issued a Mayday call at 9:43 GMT and oxygen masks dropped as the plane began its descent to make an emergency landing at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Passengers on the plane said that at the time, they felt they were in serious danger, according to reports on Kikar HaShabat (http://bit.ly/2nS19dk).

“The plane felt as if it was dangling between heaven and earth when they asked us to put on the oxygen masks,” said one.  “We prayed and were sure that the worst would happen.”

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Despite the growing concern within the cabin, the aircraft landed safely in Amsterdam.  Emergency crews were on standby as AWC 941 touched down on the runway.

Video posted to social media show passengers sitting in their seats wearing oxygen masks, singing songs of gratitude after their safe landing and the pilot explaining the problem to the passengers who are still surrounded by an overhead jungle of rubber oxygen masks.

The 767 was grounded as mechanics examine the plane for possible problems.  Some of the passengers on the Rzeszow bound flight were able to get seats on other plans bound for Poland while others returned home to London.

A loss of cabin pressure can cause problems ranging from minor to catastrophic.  With slow depressurization, oxygen levels within an airplane would drop at a relatively slow rate, and once passengers and the flight crew don their oxygen masks they would likely be in relatively little harm for as long as the on board oxygen lasts. Once aware of a pressurization problem, the flight crew would typically lower the aircraft’s altitude to below 10,000 feet where oxygen levels are similar to levels on solid ground.

A faster rate of depressurization as well as higher altitudes can both bring on dangerous conditions much more rapidly. 

Flight AWC 941 was estimated to be at 25,000 feet when the pilot noticed the problem and, according to the FAA, a pilot could lose his ability to take corrective action within five to 12 minutes at that altitude. Without putting on the overhead oxygen masks, those on board would be in danger of succumbing to hypoxia, which would cause confusion, drowsiness and, ultimately, death.

It is unknown how many passengers were booked on the flight which seated up to 265 passengers.

Attempts by VIN News to reach Titan Airlines for comment on the matter were unsuccessful.

The plane after landingThe plane after landing


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 Mar 19, 2017 at 11:25 AM gezinterheit Says:

in Zchis of the Heiliga Reb Elimeilech, (even on the way going) was meigin for the safety of all the passengers Boruch hashem.

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 12:10 PM Secular Says:

שֹׁמֵר פְּתָאיִם יְהוָה

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 12:22 PM Real Chasid Says:

Reply to #1  
gezinterheit Says:

in Zchis of the Heiliga Reb Elimeilech, (even on the way going) was meigin for the safety of all the passengers Boruch hashem.

The reb Rav Melich would much rather you stay home learn torah, say tehlim and give that money to the poor in his zechus sooner than spending 2k on a trip.

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 12:34 PM LionofZion Says:

Silly waste of money, could have been much worse.

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 12:54 PM outoftown Says:

This is a warning sign. Stay home with your families and learn torah, say tehillim, do mitzvos and give that flight money to tzedakah le'eeluy nishmas Reb Elimelech.

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 01:51 PM alterknaker Says:

To all bashers. A flight fromLondon to Rzsesow if booked well in advance works out to not more then $50-60. And mind your own business

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 02:23 PM Tamidbesimcha Says:

Reply to #3  
Real Chasid Says:

The reb Rav Melich would much rather you stay home learn torah, say tehlim and give that money to the poor in his zechus sooner than spending 2k on a trip.

How would you know what he wants?

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 03:44 PM a gita mentch Says:

It's all a hoax. The flight crew saw that it is the only way to keep all the chassidim quiet in their seats

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 03:45 PM Real Chasid Says:

alterkanker,

1) Most of us commentators are commenting on the Americans or those that came for shabbos not those that spend $50 and went in and out of London in one day. The cost for a shabbos from the USA is about 2k.

2) Noone is telling anyone how they want to spend their money but if you are commenting wow like wow the reba R meleich protected us as if because we traveled to him we got zechsuim its not true.

I further question the whole spiritual idea of spednng so much money to go to kiveri tzadkim. I guess if its the reba r meleich or its the jungles in Africa then yes go to the reba. But call it a vacation not a trip to a reba.

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 03:49 PM savtat Says:

Baruch Hashem az meh ken zingen after the landing.

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 06:01 PM Rachel W. Says:

To all the critics and slammers, for shame. How quick you are with your judgment of your fellow Yidden! These ehrliche Yidden pray there for you and me, besides for their personal bakoshos. Many have seen miracles in their personal lives following a visit to this holy tzaddik's kever (I know of some firsthand myself) and these are doubtless motivation for others... hence the increasingly larger contingents taking on the arduous travel. Yes #9 RealChasid (really??), it's far from a vacation that you are hallucinating about. The winters are brutal, the accommodations are sparse, the traveling locally over rough terrain hardly a walk in the park, sleepless nights, etc., but tears shed there are copious. The clips of this could-have-been-a-tragedy show a G-dly people of faith and are a kiddush Hashem - versus your negativity (understatement), which amounts to the opposite.
Pity your souls...

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 06:02 PM Chaim Says:

I see no problem to travel to a Tzadik's kyver, as long as one can afford it and your family is fine with it.
No one is forcing anyone to go.

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 07:27 PM monishmo Says:

LIVE AND LET LIVE!! NONE OF ANYONE'S BUSINESS!!!!!

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 08:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Hashem doesn't want Yidden going to the blood soaked cesspool of Poland.

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 Mar 19, 2017 at 09:51 PM Liepa Says:

Reply to #3  
Real Chasid Says:

The reb Rav Melich would much rather you stay home learn torah, say tehlim and give that money to the poor in his zechus sooner than spending 2k on a trip.

Please don't say 'Reb Elimelech would much rather you stay home', that's just not correct.
Reb Reb Elimelech wanted people to come to his tzion, in fact he promised that anyone coming to his tzion wont pass away before doing tshuvah shelaimah !
As an einikel of the holy tzaddik, we have that b'yerusha that whoever goes wont pass away prior to doing complete teshuvah!
For someone to say 'Hashem doesn't want yidden going.....' is truly naarish, as if they know what hashem wants or doesn't, REALLY NOW !!!

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 Mar 20, 2017 at 08:28 AM Anonymous Says:

I think the reason for the incident is because women dont dress with tznius and men have smartphones.

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 Mar 20, 2017 at 06:41 PM Anonymous Says:

To all those who criticise travelling to kivre tsadikim, not least those who claim to know what G-d or the tsadikim themselves would really prefer: Does your arrogance know no limits? And moreover: Would you perhaps tell us what you spend you spend on your vacations, and where those vacations are spent? If religious people chose to spend their money on trips such as these, isn't that their business and choice rather than yours?

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