A plane full of passengers bound for Fort Lauderdale was forced to make an emergency landing after a mechanical issue forced oxygen masks to drop down and the plane to descend rapidly.
Delta Airlines Flight 2353, which took off from Atlanta on Wednesday, was forced to land at Tampa International Airport in the evening after an unknown issue in the cabin area caused the masks to drop according to airport communication director Emily Nipps. The plane descended from 39,000 feet to 10,000 feet in approximately eight minutes.
A spokesperson for Delta Airlines told 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.”
The plane was being evaluated by technicians and all passengers were loaded on to buses and driven to South Florida. No injuries were reported.