A Delta plane traveling from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale had to make an emergency landing after plunging nearly 30,000 feet in less than seven minutes, sparking panic among passengers.
The flight experienced a “cabin pressurization irregularity” during the journey, the airline said in a statement. In multiple posts to twitter, oxygen masks can be seen deployed throughout the cabin of the plane.
“As a precautionary measure, the crew elected to rapidly descend from 39,000 to 10,000 feet Delta spokesperson Anthony Black told BuzzFeed.
“The goal was to basically get to an altitude where people don’t have to wear masks on the aircraft, and it also reduces the issue of depressurization,” Black added.
Delta Air Lines Flight 2353 was diverted to Tampa where it landed safely without incident.
Delta Air Lines said it apologized to everyone on that plane and said the plane diverted to Tampa “out of an abundance of caution.”
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