A group of Hasidic airline passengers joined together in prayer when their Titan Airways Boeing 767 lost pressure in the cabin and passengers had to don oxygen masks.
The flight originated from London and was bound for Poland, but it had to make an emergency landing in Amsterdam. Passengers used the nervous moments between putting on their oxygen masks and wondering if they would make a successful emergency landing by recording the activity on the plane and singing prayers.
The video captures the men reading from their prayer books and singing Ani Ma’amin, which translates as ‘I believe.’ In the prayer, the 13 Jewish principles of faith are read out and can be sung along with music.
Most sat looking forward, breathing into their oxygen masks while others sat round and talked to each other. Others took pictures and videos on their phones, documenting the incident.
It is believed the Jewish men were on the flight to make pilgrimage in Poland. Thousands often flock to city of Leżajsk to visit the grave of Rabbi Elimelech, who is one of the founders of the Hasidic movement. He died in 1787, after which his grave became a hotspot for his followers.
The pilgrimage site is 30 miles from Rzeszow, where the plane was supposed to land.
There were no injuries reported. An airline spokesperson said: “There were no injuries amongst the passengers and crew, but on arrival the aircraft was met by emergency service personnel as a precaution to ensure the welfare of the passengers.
“Whilst such events are rare, all Titan Airways crew undergo regular rigorous training in accordance with EU EASA regulations to ensure they manage such situations successfully.”