The first leg of my trip to HNL had a surprise ending on April 9 on AA 1379, en route from DCA to DFW, when, in this order, the air conditioning went off, the plane went into a steep dive, the oxygen masks came down, and the head flight attendant ordered pax to don our oxygen masks.
The flight was almost over. I had estimated we were getting close to Texarkana, which is where flights usually start descending for DFW. The pax remained calm, in fact I thought the oxygen masks coming down was the result of someone pushing the wrong button. We continued on to DFW and arrived a bit early, due I'm sure to expedited clearing by ATC.
This was a first for me, and I won't mind if it's the last. AA gave pax 5,000 miles for the "unsettling event", which was nice of them. I was never concerned for my safety, but I was concerned about catching my flight to HNL at DFW.
Were any other A'netters on this flight? Are there any AA folks out there who know the whole story? Has anyone else been through such an incident? I suspect the Captain was just excercising an abundance of caution, which I certainly understand. It didn't seem to me that we actually depressurized, but then having never been through this I'm not exactly an expert.