An American Airlines flight from San Francisco to Dallas had to make an emergency landing at SFO after panels inside the plane’s cabin began to come apart in mid-air, the airline confirmed Monday afternoon. AA Flight 2293 landed without incident at about 2:15 p.m., an hour after takeoff, and taxied to the gate, according to FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor.
The plane’s captain decided to return to San Francisco “after several interior wall panels came loose while in the air,” American Airlines spokesperson Matt Miller said.
“All of a sudden there were loud popping sounds and ripping noise,” Wilson said in an interview with NBC Bay Area.
The Federal Aviation Administration said earlier the plane had lost cabin pressure. Miller said the cabin never lost pressure and “oxygen masks were never deployed.”