US: Delta flight plunges 30,000 feet in minutes


(CNN) Don’t read this if you’re traveling any time soon.

Passengers on a Delta flight this week were terrified when their plane plunged mid-air, dropping nearly 30,000 feet.

The flight experienced a “cabin pressurization irregularity” during the journey, the airline said in a statement. It was going from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale but was diverted to Tampa out of caution.
The plane landed safely there, the airline said.

“Air masks, the oxygen masks dropped from the top of the plane,” passenger Harris Dewoskin told CNN affiliate WSB. “Chaos sort of ensued amongst the passengers.”

One of the flight attendants repeatedly told passengers over the intercom not to panic, he said.

But that didn’t work.

“Obviously it’s a hectic moment so the passengers around me, a lot of people were kind of hyperventilating, breathing really hard,” Dewoskin said.

One passenger was so scared he began hugging his son and telling his family he loves them, the affiliate reported.

“There was a scary 60 to 90 seconds where we didn’t really know what was going on. At 15,000 feet in the air, it’s a scary moment for sure,” Dewoskin said.

The aircraft was being evaluated by maintenance technicians Thursday, the airline said.


  1. Rather scary but at what altitude was the plane flying for it to have had a 30,000 foot plunge?
    The item further stated “At 15,000 feet in the air, it’s a scary moment for sure,” ……I am not understanding how the plunged 30k when it seemed to have been flying at 15,000 feet.

  2. They were prob flying at 35,000 feet and the plane descended by 30,000 feet then they would only be at 5,000feet . Something not right , maybe gestimates are way out since they had no accurate way of measuring fall

  3. If they didn’t have anything to measure the fall, that would be scary. The altimeter is a integral part of aviation. The passenger wouldn’t know the altitude either before or after so he said 15k feet.

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  6. All the facts are wrong,so lets say they were flying at an altitude of 30.000 feet,and dropped to 15.000 feet in about 90 seconds,this makes sence but 90 seconds of dropping is terrible,you dont ever want to live this experience.Maybe you never fly again.

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