According to ABC News 7, an American Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after some interior walls split apart.
According to the article:
After 45 minutes, the captain declared an emergency and told passengers he was returning to San Francisco.
“I was scared, I really was, and I wasn’t sure if we were going to make it, but a little prayer,” passenger Yvonda Little said.
A fire truck greeted the plane after a safe landing. American Airlines says the Dallas bound flight never lost cabin pressure, but they can’t explain why the cabin walls popped.
This makes me wonder how much of a serious incident this really was. The captain didn’t decide to return until 45 minutes after the incident, but the customers seemed pretty hysterical the entire time.
Yes, the walls splitting apart is a pretty scary scenario if you don’t know what is going on. But they are also not part of the overall plane structure. It does not mean the outside of the plane is being affected at all.
If you look at the article, the passengers were yelling that the walls were “caving in” and in the quote above, the passenger wasn’t sure she could make it. My guess is the passengers were getting increasingly more hysterical and that was the primary reason for the emergency landing, not the actual wall.