A group of frightened passengers donned oxygen masks and prayed together when their flight from London had to make an emergency landing after losing cabin pressure.
The Titan Airways B767-300 from London Stansted, bound for Rzeszow in Poland, landed safely at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
The video shows a group of Jewish passengers reading from prayer books. Britain’s Daily Mail reported that they were singing Ani Ma’amin, which translates as “I believe”.
The prayer recites the 13 Jewish principles of faith, which can be read out or sung with music.
The Aviation Herald reported that crew requested medical assistance be made available at the gate. Emergency services received a major alert, a rescue helicopter was dispatched and all other arriving flights were placed into holding patterns.
“The remainder of the flight was cancelled, a number of passengers took other flights to Poland, a number returned to the UK,” the Aviation Herald reported.
Every year, thousands of Jewish pilgrims head to Poland to visit the grave of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk, one of the founders of the Hasidic movement. The group was reported to be making this pilgrimage.
Titan Airways is a British charter airline founded in 1988 and based at London Stansted. A spokesman for the carrier said that although there were no injuries, emergency service personnel met the aircraft on arrival “as a precaution to ensure the welfare of the passengers”.
“Whilst such events are rare, all Titan Airways crew undergo regular rigorous training in accordance with EU EASA regulations to ensure they manage such situations successfully.”
Written by Peter Needham