The Federal Aviation Administration has released audio recordings of Southwest Airlines Flight 812, the Boeing 737 that experienced rapid decompression from a gash in the top of the cabin.
The plane, which was bound for Sacramento from Phoenix, had 118 passengers on board. The recordings are of the pilots and air traffic controllers responding to the problem.
The Southwest pilots immediately declared an emergency and began a descent to 10,000 feet.
“Apparently, we’ve got a hole in the fuselage in the back of the airplane,” the pilot told air traffic control.
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Ultimately, they landed safely at the nearest airport, Yuma, Ariz.
Avweb has edited the recordings for time. Or you can listen to all of them on FAA’s website here.