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article imageJet makes emergency landing after cabin walls buckle

By Nathan Salant     Oct 14, 2014 in Travel
San Francisco - An American Airlines flight from California to Texas was forced to turn around over Nevada and make an emergency landing Monday after walls inside the passenger cabin began to buckle, leaving insulation exposed.
Passengers aboard the Boeing 757 jet that took off Monday afternoon from San Francisco International Airport reported hearing loud popping sounds before the cabin walls began pulling loose, according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.
None of the 184 passengers and six crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 2293 suffered any injuries, besides some frayed nerves.
An airline spokesman acknowledged Monday that a plane bound for Dallas/Fort Worth had to return to San Francisco International Airport after parts of the cabin broke away from the aircraft.
Matt Miller told the newspaper that several interior wall panels came loose due to an "air duct issue," but that the cabin never depressurized.
"When they realized those panels came loose, the captain decided it was best to return to San Francisco and landed the plane there safely," Miller said.
"They declared an emergency because it was an unscheduled landing," he said.
The plane's oxygen masks did not deploy because there was no loss of cabin pressure, Miller said, despite earlier reports that the devices had deployed.
A photograph posted on Twitter showed detached walls on the plane's interior but no oxygen masks, the newspaper said.
The plane was removed from service following the landing and is being examined by experts from the Federal Aviation Administration," according to local radio station KCBS.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said his agency would work with American Airlines to solve the problem before the jet would be permitted to fly again.
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