Passengers on a Delta flight to Fort Lauderdale had a frightening afternoon when the plane they were flying made an unplanned rapid descent, causing the oxygen masks to deploy and forcing an emergency landing.
Flight 2353 took off from Atlanta but was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon in Tampa after dropping some 29,000 feet in just eight minutes, which caused the oxygen masks to deploy. Hopefully, everyone on board was paying attention when the flight attendants talked them through the safety features of the aircraft.
A spokesperson for Delta Air Lines told local NBC affiliate WFLA-TV that the flight was diverted “out of an abundance of caution and landed without incident following a cabin pressurization irregularity en route.”
Delta said the plane landed safely and customers deplaned normally, before being sent to Fort Lauderdale via busses that were safely on the ground. It’s unclear what caused the “cabin pressurization irregularity” but the aircraft, a Boeing 767-300, is being inspected by maintenance technicians in the hopes of figuring it out.
Some passengers shared images on social media after the incident, praising the crew for their professionalism.
— Tiffany O. Sawyer (@OsteenSawyer) September 18, 2019
@Delta Flight 2353 God Bless the Captain and crew. Had an emergency midair from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale. Oxygen masks deployed and we descended quickly and we're diverted to Tampa. I texted my wife and dad I loved them. Told my mom I love her and hugged my son. @wsvn @cbs12 pic.twitter.com/C9QcU9DbYV
— J.T. (@BrutusOsceola) September 18, 2019