It would take me too long to exploit the nonsense in this newspaper report but I'll just pick out a few of the words and sentences and give you my view of them.

Quote from a passenger "It was dark but suddenly all the lights came on..." Well if it's dark and you turn on a light it is sudden...that's the nature of light.

"...and all the air hostesses were shouting and we could see a man trying to open the emergency door. The plane started shaking." I know for a fact that a man trying to open an emergency door ( what ever that is) will not cause a plane to shake...they are not related or connected unless by ghosts or extra terrestials...

"I thought it was going to go down." What people think doesn't change the physical world. It wasn't going to go down and that's all there is to it. Indeed why not ask the pilot what he/she thought, if you want a fact?

"Children were crying and passengers were panicking as the plane made its sudden descent." Children may have been crying anyway...that's what little children, in particular, often do...and why would they have sensed any danger anyway?

"The plane went down really quickly" Absolutely impossible for a passenger to say! There was no pressurisation malfunction the descent would have been normal and there's no way to know at what rate it was descending.

" It was quite a dodgy landing" By what standard was this measured?

Some one on the plane found it quite terrifying although she didn't know what had happened until she was on the ground.That doesn't stand scrutiny...why would a reporter write such a thing I wonder?

The inset comment on the picture of an airliner states Mid-air Panic: The whole article is a disgrace.

This sort of garbage does not help anyone...especially anyone with a fear of flying...but why do newspapers write this sort of stuff? It's emotive, unrelated facts are connected for dramatic effect, unqualified opinions are given to support a poorly argued case.

The only sensible  comment was by the company involved who quite  correctly said that it would not have been possible to open the door while the aircraft was in flight


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Comment by Steven Michael Collins on December 23, 2011 at 12:42am

Anything for a newspaper story.....I read these articles I know its against the the advice, Keith, but I tend to laugh at the way they portray stories.  Like one saying terror on another article, but all that happened they turned off one engine due to surging (one of four) and landed again but the way the article was spun was so other the top

Comment by beauty edwards on November 1, 2011 at 1:52pm
I must agree that the things i read in the newspapers have made my fear of flying worse.
Comment by Captain Keith on October 4, 2011 at 6:18pm

Actually Laura it really would be a waste of time and would cause doubt...a pandora's left firmly shut.


Comment by Laura Warwick on October 4, 2011 at 10:18am
where is this actricle, it would be good to read and see the in-correct information?
Comment by Elizabeth on September 17, 2011 at 12:25pm
Likewise there was an item in the Times also this week about a Jet2 757 en  route from Leeds to Larnica NOSE DIVING from 36,000 to 10,000 when the pilots smelt burning The plane landed safely at another airport.Please can we have any influence on the press sensationalising these occurences and using over the top language. 
Comment by Captain Keith on September 16, 2011 at 10:54pm
That was a shortened version of what I thought


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