An Oman Air Airbus A330 was forced to make an emergency landing in Turkey on Sunday after losing cabin pressurization. Oman Air flight number WY-154 from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Muscat International Airport (MCT) operating an Airbus A330-300 registration number A4O-DC was en route to Oman when the incident occurred.
While cruising at 39,000 feet close to the Syrian/Turkish border about 125 nautical miles from the Turkish city of Diyarbakir at around 03:00 Sunday morning, the aircraft suddenly lost cabin pressurization.
🇴🇲Umman milli havayolu şirketi Oman Air'in Zürih-Muscat seferini yapan WY154 sefer sayılı Airbus A330-243 tipi yolcu uçağında basınç boşalması meydana geldi.
📌Uçak Diyarbakır Havalimanı'na acil iniş yaptı. pic.twitter.com/ipWU4wFwSs
— Meraklı Havacı ✈️😍 (@meraklihavaci) February 9, 2020
Oxygen masks were deployed
The overhead oxygen masks were deployed while the crew performed an emergency descent, levelling off at 14,000 feet. This is a safe altitude at which passengers and crew can breathe normally.
The captain of the Oman Air flight requested permission to divert to Diyarbakır Airport (DIY) where the aircraft landed safely on runway 34 some 35 to 40 minutes after the incident.
No one was injured in the incident with all passengers taken to a nearby hotel for the remainder of the day. This was until another Oman Air aircraft could be sent so that they could continue on their journey to Muscat.
According to a passenger from the Indian state of Kerala, there was smoke in the cabin and the crew aboard the aircraft were running around with fire extinguishers. When being interviewed by Kerala new outlet Onmanorama, the unnamed passenger is quoted as saying:
“Most of the passengers were sleeping at that time. The flight nose-dived for a few seconds. The cabin crew were running around with fire extinguishers.”
Following the incident, the Oman Air released a press statement on its social media accounts. The airline apologized for the inconvenience, saying the safety of their guests and crew is their number one priority.
— Oman Air (@omanair) February 9, 2020
Of all the places to get diverted to, Diyarbakır Airport has to be one of the strangest. Located on the banks of the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey, Diyarbakır Airport is a joint military/public airport and is home to the 8th Air Wing of the 2nd Air Force Command of the Turkish Air Force.
The airport has very little commercial traffic other than domestic flights operated by regional airlines. SunExpress Deutschland operates flights to Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Hannover.
A little bit about Oman Air
Oman Air is the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, a nation on the Arabian peninsula with a population of around five million. Based at Muscat International Airport(MCT), Oman Air is a full-service carrier that operates both domestic and international passenger flights.
Flying to 40 destinations across the Gulf, Europe, Africa, and Asia, Oman Air has played a pivotal role in establishing Muscat into a thriving Middle Eastern hub, while at the same time helping to promote tourism in the Sultanate of Oman.
Oman Air’s current fleet comprises 11 Airbus A330s, 28 Boeing 737s that includes five of the grounded MAX aircraft. It also has nine Boeing 787 Dreamliners and four Embraer ERJ-170s for a total of 52 aircraft.