It wasn’t the most romantic proposal ever, but after plunging 24,000 in 9 minutes and losing air pressure, an Australian passenger on an Air Asia flight felt moved to propose to his girlfriend. Near death experiences will do that.
People aboard flight QZ535 from Perth to Bali described a panicked flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling.
Chris Jeanes told NBC News that AirAsia workers sprinted down aisle shouting "emergency, brace, crash positions" about 25 minutes after the plane took off.
Jeanes had planned to propose to his girlfriend Casey Kinchella in Bali, but he apparently pulled down his oxygen mask and proposed. ‘Will you marry me’ through an oxygen mask lacks a certain romantic frisson, but waiting any longer might have been too late.
As soon as the flight stabilized, the plane turned back to Perth.
Data from FlightRadar, a website which tracks flights globally using GPS, shows the plane descended 23,800 feet in the space of nine minutes.
Peter Gibson, spokesman for Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Australian industry regulator, said the airline had been asked for information on what occurred on board. Besides the proposal.
The upshot? She said yes!
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