Passengers on Thomson Airways flight TOM157 endured unimaginable dread when the plane abruptly descended at a speed of 500 feet per minute over the Atlantic Ocean when one of its engines shut down mid-flight owing to technical problems.
It departed from the Dominican Republic with 288 passengers and was headed for Manchester, United Kingdom.
Though hundreds of miles from where it started to fall, the quick-thinking pilots were able to make an emergency landing at The Azores, which was fortunately right along its course.
Numerous others described their terrifying experience, claiming that they were screaming as the plane started to descend quickly.
Their anxieties were increased by the flashing lights inside the aircraft, but the crew reassured them that it was merely a precaution. Numerous passengers were also terrified for their safety since they believed the plane would crash into the water.
The passengers were anxious as they waited for a replacement plane because there was only a military airfield available for the plane to land on.
When they eventually arrived at the military air base, they were not permitted to leave the jet for 5 hours while it was being examined by aviation authorities while it was parked on the runway.
A United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing this week as well, according to The Aviation Herald, after a fire started in the galley on Tuesday night.
It was carrying 233 people on a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Brussels, Belgium. At Canada's Halifax Stanfield International Airport, flight 999 made an urgent landing.
The captain decided to land the plane at the closest airport rather than risk a big catastrophe even though the crew had put out the fire.
Several individuals were miffed by the pilot's action, believing that he should have carried with the original flight plan. However, some people supported his decision, citing the tragic Swissair flight 111.
The Swissair plane caught fire in midair, yet it was only acknowledged as an "urgent situation" rather than an emergency. A few minutes later, the aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean; there were no survivors.
Tuesday also saw Qatar Airways Flight QR23 being escorted by RAF (Royal Air Force) aircraft until it arrived at Manchester Airport due to a bomb threat. The passengers were horrified when they overheard the man talking to the crew about a bomb threat and later saw the jets escorting them, even though they did not make an emergency landing.
Gary Barton, 48, one of the passengers, stated that when they were eventually permitted to evacuate, many of them did so in trepidation due to the presence of armed guards with machine guns at every exit. After that, they had to wait another hour to get on the replacement plane before it took off.