Update [video]: Delta flight diverted after air pressure problems, Passengers describe panic


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.

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 passenger Harris Dewoskin snapped pictures during what he described as a panic on board.

“Initially it was sort of a panic there wasn’t really any forewarning the oxygen masks dropped down then one of the flight attendants I believe grabbed the intercom and was just repeatedly over the intercom stating do no panic do not panic but obviously its a hectic moment so the passengers around me a lot of people were kind of hyperventilating breathing really hard,” said Dewoskin.

Delta says some passengers were bused to Fort Lauderdale to get them to their destination faster.

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