Delta flight to Fort Lauderdale makes emergency stop in Tampa after oxygen masks deploy – Miami Herald

Delta flight to Fort Lauderdale makes emergency stop in Tampa after oxygen masks deploy - Miami Herald
Delta flight descends nearly 30,000 feet in minutes following cabin pressurization irregularity
A Delta Air Lines flight headed for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was diverted on Wednesday due to a “cabin pressurization irregularity” that reportedly forced pilots to make a quick, controlled descent, Delta said.

Flight 2353, which originated in Atlanta, was forced to make an emergency landing in Tampa at around 5 p.m., approximately an hour and a half after takeoff, flight records show.

A statement by Delta says the plane was diverted out of an abundance of caution over the “cabin pressure irregularity.” It says the plane is now being evaluated by maintenance technicians. Delta said the passengers were bused about four hours to their original destination.

Delta flight drops nearly 30,000 feet in minutes due to air pressure problem

The plane also descended from 39,000 feet to 10,000 feet in the span of seven minutes, per Flight Aware.

News outlets report the Fort Lauderdale-bound plane made an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport about an hour after it left Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Video: Flight to Fort Lauderdale makes emergency landing to Tampa after issue with cabin pressure

In photos and video taken from inside the cabin, oxygen masks — which were manually deployed by the crew — could be seen hanging from the cabin’s ceiling.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Delta Air Lines diverted an Atlanta flight headed to Florida after an unknown issue caused the cabins oxygen masks to be released.

Passenger Harris DeWoskin told WSB-TV it was a "scary moment for sure." (Harris DeWoskin)

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"Air masks, the oxygen masks dropped from the top of the plane. Chaos sort of ensued amongst the passengers,” Harris DeWoskin, told WSB-TV.

Delta flight diverted to Tampa plunged 30,000 feet in matter of minutes

“There was a scary 60 to 90 seconds where we really didn't know what was going on. At 15,000 feet in the air, it's a scary moment for sure,” he added.

Another passenger said on Twitter that he quickly texted his family to tell them he loves them before hugging his young son. He also took the opportunity to praise the Delta crew for their handling of the event, as did others.

“We apologize to our customers on flight 2353 from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale, which diverted to Tampa out of an abundance of caution and landed without incident following a cabin pressurization irregularity en route,” the airline stated.

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