A Jersey City artist recounted the moment she thought she was going to “die” aboard a United Airlines flight that plummeted nearly 30,000 feet in just 10 minutes earlier this week.
Tato Lovere, 47, said she was aboard United Airlines Flight 510 from Newark to Rome with her boyfriend when the plane suddenly began to plummet, causing her and other passengers to panic.
“You saw how people turned their heads, there were people looking at each other, there were people looking for answers without shouting,” he told The Post.
“You literally thought you were going to die,” he later added.
Shortly after the Boeing 777 bound for Italy took off at 9:20 p.m., the artist, who was traveling to celebrate her birthday and meet gallery owners in Rome, said the captain and flight attendants began talking repeatedly over the system. intercom, alerting passengers of possible problems with the aircraft.
Artist Tato Lovere thought he was “going to die” aboard a United Airlines flight that fell 28,000 feet in 10 minutes.Tato Lovere
Lovere texted his daughter during the plane crash telling her he loved her.Tato Lovere
At around 10:07 p.m., Lovere recalled a “sick feeling” taking over his body as the plane pitched forward, before plummeting 28,000 feet over the course of 10 minutes, according to flight tracker FlightAware.
“First I did my best to text my daughter without causing fear, to let her know that I love her very much and that I am proud of her,” she said, and then recalled how the flight attendant who spoke to the passenger in the middle of chaos sounded so if “she was crying or had been crying or felt helpless.”
Lovere said that in the midst of her own in-flight horror show, her daughter had been following the plane online, fretting as her mother inexplicably spun in circles in the air over Halifax.
“He was on the phone with United asking them why he saw his mother’s flight. [was] circling over Halifax,” he said. “United told him everything [was] good.”
The plane’s captain finally appeared and announced that the plane might need to make an emergency landing in Halifax, before revealing that the plane had begun dumping fuel and was being diverted back to Newark Liberty International Airport, landing just before 12. :30 am.
In a video shared with The Post by Lovere at the airport gate, a United captain claimed over a loudspeaker at the assistance desk that there was a “6 or 8-inch hole in the side of the plane, so that’s what caused our pressurization.” affair.”
Lovere had been traveling to Rome with her boyfriend to celebrate her birthday and meet art gallery owners.AP
Lovere said the captain warned that the plane might have had to make an emergency landing in Halifax, Canada. Tattoo Lovere
A United Airlines spokesperson said the plane returned to Newark Liberty International Airport “to address a possible loss of cabin pressure.”
“The flight landed safely and there was never a loss of cabin pressure,” the spokesperson said.
Lovere and her boyfriend were rebooked on the next United plane to Rome hours later, but the experience shattered any sense of security aboard future flights.
“I’m definitely going to be nervous” on planes, she said.
“I’ll probably check all the windows now. Every crack that passes.”