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A Delta Air Lines flight on its way to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was diverted on Wednesday due to a “cabin-pressurization irregularity, which reportedly forced the pilots to make a rapid, controlled descent, Delta said.
Flight 2353, which originated in Atlanta, georgia, was forced to make an emergency landing in Orlando at around 5 pm, about a half-hour after takeoff, the flight, the records show.
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The plane will also descend from 39,000 feet to 10,000 feet in the span of seven minutes per Flight, to be Aware of.
Photos and video from inside the cabin, the oxygen masks that are manually deployed by the flight crew could be seen hanging from the cabin ceiling.
A passenger in Harris DeWoskin, told WSB-TV it was a scary moment, for sure.”
A passenger aboard the plane described the scene as being both scary and friendly.
Air masks, oxygen masks will fall from the top of the plane. Chaos is a kind of, sort of broke down there among the passengers,” Harris DeWoskin, told WSB-TV.
“It was a scary, 60-to 90-seconds, we don’t really know what was going on. At 15,000 feet in the air, it was a scary moment, for sure,” he added.
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One of the passengers said on Twitter that he texted his family to tell them that he loves them, before hugging his young son. He also took the opportunity to praise the Delta of the crew members on the handling of the event, just like the others.
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Delta has since apologized for the incident in a statement shared with Fox News.
“We offer our sincere apologies to our customers in-flight 2353, from Atlanta to ho chi minh city, which will be diverted to Tampa, out of an abundance of caution, and touched down without incident after a cabin pressurization anomaly, and the route,” the airline stated.
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After landing, the passengers were transported by bus to Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale.
The device is currently being evaluated by the maintenance team.