Skippers Aviation Depressurization

A Skippers Aviation de Havilland Dash 8-100, registration VH-XFP performing flight JW-1921 from Perth,WA to Monkey Mia,WA (Australia) with 30 passengers and 3 crew, was climbing through 10,000 feet out of Perth when the crew checked the cabin pressure readings, found them normal and continued the climb to cruise FL180. While levelling off at FL180 the crew received a master warning and a cabin pressure warning, observed the cabin altitude had increased to 12,600 feet with a rate of climb in excess of 4000 fpm. The crew worked the related memory checklist items, donned their oxygen masks and initiated an emergency descent to FL100. During the descent the captain, pilot monitoring so far, took

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