TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Delta Air Lines diverted an Atlanta flight headed to Florida after an unknown issue caused the cabin's oxygen masks to be released.
News outlets report the Fort Lauderdale-bound plane made an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport about an hour after it left Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
According to data posted on Flightaware.com the plane descended from 39,000 feet at 4:34 p.m. to 9,975 feet at 4:42 p.m. At 4:54 p.m., the plane was diverted to Tampa.
A statement by Delta says the plane was diverted out of an abundance of caution over the "cabin pressure irregularity." It says the plane is now being evaluated by maintenance technicians.
Delta said the passengers were bused about four hours to their original destination.
@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