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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the circumstances surrounding a Virgin Blue Boeing 737 emergency descent incident on 2 December 2005.

The Boeing 737 was being flown from Townsville to Brisbane with a total crew and passengers of 104. During the rapid descent, a number of passengers suffered ear discomfort and some minor injuries.

On arrival at Brisbane the injured passengers were taken to hospital for observation and treatment and were discharged following treatment. None of the passengers were admitted to hospital.

The flight recorders are being replayed and analysed at the ATSB in Canberra.

The investigation is continuing and will include analysis of the cabin pressure rise and the reason for the cracked windscreen.

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Last update 01 April 2011