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    Anyone here ever been on a flight where the oxygen masks dropped and you were told to put them on?

    My sister and I were on a flight from Salt Lake City to Houston yesterday and it happened. Talk about scary! We had been in the air for a good while and one of the flight attendants came on the PA and announced that we were heading back to Salt Lake City. Of course, we're all looking around at each other wondering what's up. A short time later the oxygen masks dropped and the pilot came on (never telling us what the problem was) and said we were diverting to Grand Junction, CO. Thankfully we made it safely to Grand Junction and were told the cabin pressure started dropping when we were at 35,000 feet so they needed to get the plane down. We sat on the plane on the tarmac at the airport in Grand Junction for almost half an hour before they deboarded us into the terminal. They ended up sending another plane and crew from Salt Lake which got to Grand Junction a little after 10pm Texas time and we got into Houston about 1am. Only about 7.5 hours after our scheduled 5:37 arrival time! We were in Grand Junction about 5 hours or so. Luckily, that was the last leg of the trip my sister and I were on. We got back to her house in Spring around 2am.

    Afterwards my sister told me that she had called and told her husband to pray for us before we got on the SLC to Houston flight because she didn't feel right about the flight. She broke down a little when we did land in Grand Junction. I was surprised I didn't get more upset, but the plane never felt like it was having any problems which I took as a good thing. It was still scary and pray that I never have to go through it again. I did pray after the oxygen masks were deployed. Praise God for his protection over our flight, crew and passengers. The Delta crew was awesome in keeping everyone calm.

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    Glad you are OK. I have never seen the masks drop. Someone was watching out for that plane.
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    There must have been some disturbance with the cabin pressure. Even the slightest opening in the fuselage or cargo hold can cause the masks to drop. When they drop don't even think about anything else except putting them on. The oxygen around you is dissapearing fast.

    Do you remember what kind of plane it was?

    This is why you fly Southwest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F18mustang View Post
    There must have been some disturbance with the cabin pressure. Even the slightest opening in the fuselage or cargo hold can cause the masks to drop. When they drop don't even think about anything else except putting them on. The oxygen around you is dissapearing fast.

    Do you remember what kind of plane it was?

    This is why you fly Southwest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F18mustang View Post
    There must have been some disturbance with the cabin pressure. Even the slightest opening in the fuselage or cargo hold can cause the masks to drop. When they drop don't even think about anything else except putting them on. The oxygen around you is dissapearing fast.

    Do you remember what kind of plane it was?

    This is why you fly Southwest.
    It was a Delta Connection flight on a Canadair Regional Jet. I made the travel arrangements through Expedia. My sister didn't really care for the smaller jets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_phoenix612 View Post
    Southwest's airplanes are PERFECT!

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31902513/ns/travel-news/

    Damnit, I knew somebody would bring this up. Can't be perfect all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougardude View Post
    It was a Delta Connection flight on a Canadair Regional Jet. I made the travel arrangements through Expedia. My sister didn't really care for the smaller jets.
    What was your flight number?

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    Quote Originally Posted by f18mustang View Post
    what was your flight number?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougardude View Post
    4440
    I'm about to go straight beast mode on this.

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    Heres your diverted flight path to Grand Junction:
    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...000Z/KSLC/KGJT
    Heres your new flight to Houston:
    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...329Z/KGJT/KIAH

    Looks like the pressure problem appeared around 26,000 feet. A descent rate of almost 3,000 feet per minute is steeper than usual for an airliner.

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S.../KGJT/tracklog

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    Quote Originally Posted by F18mustang View Post
    Heres your diverted flight path to Grand Junction:
    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...000Z/KSLC/KGJT
    Heres your new flight to Houston:
    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...329Z/KGJT/KIAH

    Looks like the pressure problem appeared around 26,000 feet. A descent rate of almost 3,000 feet per minute is steeper than usual for an airliner.

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S.../KGJT/tracklog
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_phoenix612 View Post
    Southwest's airplanes are PERFECT!

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31902513/ns/travel-news/

    LOL. You're such a hater. Southwest is the best airline this country has... I suppose you hate on them because they actually make money? I know it's the liberal way to usually lose money on endeavors.

    I plan my vacations around places that Southwest flies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by okt0ber View Post
    LOL. You're such a hater. Southwest is the best airline this country has... I suppose you hate on them because they actually make money? I know it's the liberal way to usually lose money on endeavors.

    I plan my vacations around places that Southwest flies.
    I love Southwest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by okt0ber View Post
    LOL. You're such a hater. Southwest is the best airline this country has... I suppose you hate on them because they actually make money? I know it's the liberal way to usually lose money on endeavors.

    I plan my vacations around places that Southwest flies.
    that's a shame.


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    GRAB YOUR BAGS!! ITS ON!!! I love love southwest. been flying with them since i was 4 years old. I dont fly anyone else but southwest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HUM398 View Post
    that's a shame.


    a whole other world out there outside of the Good Ol' USA....
    not one worth anything, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_phoenix612 View Post
    Southwest's airplanes are PERFECT!

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31902513/ns/travel-news/

    The thing is, honestly, this could happen to any given plane on any given day. People don't realize how little has to happen for cracks and imperfections in the walls of the plane to propagate and become holes. That being said, planes and all other objects designed for human contact or use are designed with built in factors of safety to ensure that the maximum stresses are never experienced. Considering the number of deaths and injuries associated with flying every year, it's extremely safe. My point is that Southwest is not necessarily at fault, as the material used to build the fuselage could have contained undetectable cracks or imperfections of sizes large enough that they would not have been planned for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F18mustang View Post
    Heres your diverted flight path to Grand Junction:
    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...000Z/KSLC/KGJT
    Heres your new flight to Houston:
    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...329Z/KGJT/KIAH

    Looks like the pressure problem appeared around 26,000 feet. A descent rate of almost 3,000 feet per minute is steeper than usual for an airliner.

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S.../KGJT/tracklog
    Thanks for that info F18Mustang. Wow - don't think I really ever noticed us turning that much even though they first said we were going back to Salt Lake and later said Grand Junction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougardude View Post
    Thanks for that info F18Mustang. Wow - don't think I really ever noticed us turning that much even though they first said we were going back to Salt Lake and later said Grand Junction.
    Glad all was ok. I'm not a huge fan of flying, and have never experienced that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Favpack View Post
    Glad all was ok. I'm not a huge fan of flying, and have never experienced that.

    Thanks Favpack. I don't fly a whole lot, but that was a first and hopefully a last time to experience something like that. Did hear in all our hours of waiting that it was the first time flying ever for one young lady and she had to have been scared out of her mind.

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