The flight from Dublin to Zadar in Croatia was carrying 189 passengers. The low-cost Irish carrier said the aircraft had suffered a sudden loss of cabin pressure, prompting the deployment of oxygen masks with the plane going into a controlled descent to Frankfurt-Hahn airport. Thirty-three Ryanair passengers were treated in hospital, some bleeding from their ears, mouth or nose. Ryanair said the plane “landed normally and customers disembarked, where a small number received medical attention as a precaution.” All were able to leave the hospital by Saturday morning.
Passengers expressed anger over the way the company treated them after the unscheduled landing.They had to wait 45 minutes before being allowed to leave the plane. German air accident investigator BFU, responsible for investigating the incident, said its team was heading to Hahn airport to secure the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder and to interview crew and passengers. Police said some passengers had decided not to continue with their journey. Ryanair, which flies in 37 countries and carried 130 million passengers last year, is Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, according to the International Air Transport Association.