Delta Flight Out of Atlanta, Georgia, Falls 30,000 Feet Before Making Emergency Landing
ATLANTA, GA. – According to an online news story reported at wgxa.tv, a Delta Airlines flight departing from Atlanta, Georgia, fell 30,000 feet in altitude before making an emergency landing. The cause of the loss in altitude is not yet clear, but thankfully, no one was injured during the incident.*
Delta Flight 2353 departed from Atlanta around 3:30 p.m. and was bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. About 90 minutes into the flight, the plane experienced a sudden drop in altitude and plunged down nearly 30,000 feet, from 39,000 feet to 10,000 feet. According to data from the site Flight Aware, the drop occurred during the course of seven minutes.
Passengers aboard the flight told reporters that oxygen masks dropped down from the plane’s compartments, and people began to panic thinking the plane was going to crash. However, the pilot and flight crew were able to regain control of the aircraft and made an unscheduled emergency landing in Tampa, Florida. The plane touched down around 5 p.m. without incident. No one on the airplane was injured in the incident.
The airline arranged for passengers to be bused into Fort Lauderdale after the landing, according to the report. Fort Lauderdale is about 250 miles from Tampa. It is not clear if the passengers on the flight were refunded for their tickets or were provided vouchers for the future.
Delta issued a statement following the incident, in which the airline said: “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 news report does not say what led to the pressurization irregularity during the flight. No further information about the incident was provided in the report.
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