Some oxygen masks failed to drop down and others didn’t work properly when the cabin of a Quantas Boeing 747 depressurized in flight near Manila on Friday, Agence France-Presse reports.
The story quotes passengers who said people had to share masks or smash ceiling panels to get at masks that weren’t deployed while children were screaming and starting to turn blue. One passenger said his mask fell off his face because the elastic band had deteriorated.
That’s a far cry from the weirdly calm procedure depicted in airline safety videos “in the event of a change in cabin pressure.”
It’s still not clear what ripped a hole in the side of the aircraft. Theories include metal fatigue, a bomb and the accidental explosion of an oxygen tank. Nobody has mentioned gremlins.