A Delta Air Lines flight heading for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was diverted Wednesday because of an "cabin pressure irregularity" that allegedly 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 around 5 p.m., about an hour and a half after takeoff, flight records show.
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The aircraft also went down from 39,000 feet to 10,000 feet in seven minutes, per Flight Aware.
In pictures and video taken from inside the cabin, oxygen masks ̵
A passenger on board the plane described the scene as both scary and chaotic.
"Air masks, oxygen masks dropped from the top of the plane. Chaos is kind of followed by passengers," Harris DeWoskin, told WSB-TV.
"It was a scary 60 to 90 seconds where we really didn't know what was going on. When it's 15,000 feet in the air, it's a scary moment," he added. .
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Another passenger said on Twitter that he quickly sent a text message to the family to let them know he loves them before hugging his young son. He took the opportunity to praise the Delta crew for their handling of the event, as others.
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Delta has since apologized for the incident in a statement shared with Fox News.
"We apologize to our customers on Flight 2353 from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale, which diverted to Tampa out of an abatement of caution and landed without incident following an irregularity in cabin pressure along the way," the airline stated.
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After landing, passengers were transported by bus from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale. [19659005Flyetblirnåevaluertavvedlikeholdsteam