Passengers on board a Delta flight were left fearing for their lives when the plane plunged nearly 30,000 feet in less than seven minutes.
The flight was halfway through its journey from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday (September 18) when the plane dropped from 39,000 feet to just 10,000 feet.
This sudden drop was a result of the pilots making an emergency landing due to an irregularity with the cabin pressure, although passengers on board flight 2353 believed they were about to die.
As reported by the New York Post, a Delta spokesperson said the flight was forced to divert to Tampa out of an abundance of caution and landed without incident following a cabin pressurisation irregularity en route.
The airline company apologised to their passengers, who took pictures and shared videos of the chaos that ensued once the plane started to fall – with oxygen masks deployed and passengers comforting each other as they tried to figure out what was going on.
One passenger, Harris DeWoskin, told WFTS lots of people were hyperventilating:
Out of nowhere, I felt what felt like a sort of a rapid descent. We started dropping in altitude and then the oxygen masks dropped from the top of the plane. Chaos sort of ensued amongst the passengers.
One of the flight attendants, I believe, grabbed the intercom and was just repeating over the intercom stating, Do not panic! Do not panic! But, obviously, its a hectic moment so, the passengers around me, a lot of people, were kind of hyperventilating.
DeWoskin even contacted his girlfriend and family members who werent on the flight, to let them know some scary stuff was happening on the plummeting plane.
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Another passenger, Brandon Tomlinson, was travelling on the flight with his one-year-old son and his mother when all of a sudden the oxygen masks dropped out and he started hearing a real howling sound.
He told Buzzfeed News it felt like a roller coaster as the plane descended and he could see in the flight attendants eyes that this was real.
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