‘I thought we were going to crash’

Chaos and fear gripped travelers on a Swedish passenger plane Monday morning after a loss of cabin pressure caused the aircraft to drop thousands of metres in less than three minutes.

'I thought we were going to crash'

“I thought we were going to crash,” passenger David Persson told the local Västerbottens-Kuriren newspaper.

Passengers on the flight, operated by Gothenburg-based City Airlines, were flying toward Umeå in northern Sweden at an altitude of 11,000 metres when the plane experienced a sudden loss of cabin pressure.

Pilots reacted quickly, putting the plane into a dive which brought it down to an altitude of 3,000 metres in 2.5 minutes.

“We notices the oxygen masks were deployed and then we fell straight down,” Persson told the newspaper.

The steep dive caused panic among the plane’s 14 passengers, some of whom suffered from ruptured eardrums and bloody noses.

“It was incredibly unpleasant. My friend sat beside me and just cried,” passenger Anna-Maria Roubert told Sveriges Television (SVT).

While the exact cause of the loss of pressure remains under investigation, a spokesperson for City Airlines told the TT news agency that a likely explanation may have been an error in pressure regulation equipment aboard the Embraer 145 jet.

The plane, which can carry up to 49 passengers and had a crew of four on board at the time of the incident, landed safely at Umeå’s airport, where it was met by emergency crews.

“I’m never going to fly again,” passenger Matilda Bertilsson told the Expressen newspaper.

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Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party have managed to oust the right-wing Moderates from power in Gothenburg, despite failing to strike a coalition deal with the Centre Party.

Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party will now take over the municipality with Jonas Attenius, group leader for the Social Democrats in the city, becoming the new mayor.

“We three parties are ready to together take responsibility for leading Gothenburg,” Attenius wrote to TT. “I am looking forward immensely to leading Gothenburg in the coming years.” 

The three parties will lead a minority government, with 40 out of 81 mandates, meaning it will dependent on mandates from the Centre Party to pass proposals. 

The three parties had hoped to bring the Centre Party into the coalition, but talks fell apart on Monday,  October 24th. 

“We our going into opposition, but our goal is to be an independent, liberal force, which can negotiate both to the left and to the right,” the party’s group leader in Gothenburg, Emmyly Bönfors told the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper. 

The end of talks in Gothenburg leave the Social Democrats leading coalition governments in all three of Sweden’s major cities, with Karin Wanngård appointed Mayor of Stockholm on October 17th. 

The Social Democrats had unbroken control in Malmö since 1994, after they regained power from the Moderates, who controlled the city from 1991-1994, and also from 1985-1988.