Flight makes emergency landing after issue with cabin pressure

Marco Green
September 20, 2019

Passengers aboard a Delta flight to Fort Lauderdale had a sky-high scare when a change in cabin pressure forced the plane to make an emergency landing in Tampa.

DeWoskin said he contacted his girlfriend and family to let them know what was happening aboard the aircraft.

Despite the harrowing ordeal, a Delta spokesperson told the Miami Herald that the plane landed without issue shortly after 5 p.m.in Tampa "out of an abundance of caution" but was not treated as an emergency.

DeWoskin and others shared photos and videos of passengers desperately looking for answers after oxygen masks dropped from the overhead compartment.

Passengers have recounted the terrifying experience that had them fearing for their lives.

Data from the plane-tracking website FlightAware show the jet descended from 39,000 feet to about 10,000 feet.

DeWoskin said the plane plunged so fast he didn't know what was going on.

"Flight 2353 God Bless the Captain and crew", a passenger identified as "J.T." posted on Twitter after the incident. "You are 15,000 feet in the air - it's a scary moment for sure". The plane had taken off from Atlanta and was on its way to Fort Lauderdale when the Boeing 767-300 went into what a spokesman called a "rapid, controlled descent", USA Today reports. Oxygen masks deployed and we descended quickly.

"I texted my wife and dad I loved them", one passenger wrote.

The carrier said Flight 2353 "diverted to Tampa out of an abundance of caution and landed without incident following a cabin pressurization irregularity en route".

Panic broke out on a Delta flight when the aircraft plunged almost 30,000 feet in seven minutes, prompting petrified passengers to text goodbyes to loved ones while flight attendants tried to reign in the chaos.

A Delta flight was halfway through a trip from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale when pilots plunged due to what Delta described as a "cabin pressurization irregularity en route".

The plane is grounded at TPA and is getting evaluated by maintenance technicians.

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