Sudden drop in cabin pressure on Korean Air flight causes passengers to suffer nosebleeds and ear pain

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Korean Air has apologised for the incident and promised to investigate the cause of the cabin pressurisation failure. (Image: AFP)

There were no reports of major injuries but at least 13 passengers were taken to hospital for medical treatment after the pilot landed the plane safely at Incheon airport, linked to South Korea’s capital Seoul.

Passengers on a Korean Air flight to Taiwan suffered from nosebleeds, severe ear pain and other health problems after cabin pressure was disrupted due to a sudden drop in altitude. The airline later apologised for the incident and promised to investigate the cause of the malfunction.

Some passengers complained of nosebleeds, while others reported hyperventilation and severe discomfort as well as ear pain. No major injuries were reported, but at least 13 passengers were taken to hospital for medical treatment after the pilot landed safely at Incheon airport in the capital Seoul.

According to a report from South Korea Yonhap According to the news agency, the incident caused panic on board the plane as the aircraft rapidly descended from 30,000 feet to 9,000 feet. This sharp drop in altitude caused the cabin pressurisation system to malfunction, leading to health issues and acute discomfort among the passengers.

The report said two passengers suffered nosebleeds while 15 others complained of ear pain and hyperventilation. A Taiwanese passenger posted a video on his Instagram, describing how the plane pitched down soon after the meal was served and there was turbulence in the cabin.

A report said that Dimsum Deli He said the children on board the plane got scared and started crying. Soon, the pilot decided to turn the plane back and made an emergency landing at Incheon International Airport. The passengers on this flight reportedly left on another flight, 19 hours behind schedule.