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A person aboard a Boeing flight that experienced a sudden drop mentioned that the pilot informed them about losing control due to a problem with the plane’s instruments

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The person flying a scary plane from Australia to New Zealand told everyone onboard that he briefly lost control of his Boeing 787 because one of its instruments stopped working, a passenger shared on Monday. This caused a sudden drop that threw people around, hurting many.

Chile’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) has sent investigators to look into the incident, following rules set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). They’re working with New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) because the plane is registered in Chile.

This happened on LATAM Airlines flight 800 from Sydney to Auckland. The passenger, Brian Jokat, woke up to find the plane suddenly dropping around 500 feet. He saw people thrown around and then realized it wasn’t a movie but real life.

After landing, the pilot explained to passengers that he had a moment where he couldn’t control the plane, but things went back to normal afterward.

Boeing, the plane manufacturer, said they’re looking into the incident and will help as needed.

About 50 people were hurt, with one person in serious condition.

Jokat described the chaos and how he feared for his life during those moments.

Boeing has been under scrutiny for various issues, including design flaws in the 737 Max jet that led to fatal crashes, quality control problems, and safety concerns with other planes like the 787 Dreamliner. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given Boeing until May to come up with a plan to fix these issues.

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