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Delta Flight Makes Steep Dive After Losing Cabin Pressure
« on: March 29, 2022, 01:14:15 PM »
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Delta flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver after rapidly descending due to a loss of cabin pressure, according to WUSA.
Flight 339 departed from Atlanta and had been set to make a scheduled landing in Seattle on Monday night before being diverted to the Mile High City due to the in-flight emergency. The plane, a Boeing 757, was forced to dive to a safe altitude of 10,000 feet, causing oxygen masks to drop in the cabin to provide passengers with breathable air during the descent, WUSA reported. An emergency code was sent to air traffic controllers after the plane descended.
The plane fell at a rate of around 4,600 feet per minute, according to FlightAware, which a member of an unaffiliated Delta Facebook group noted was about "52 mph towards the ground." Retired pilot John Cox, a former US Airways captain, wrote that "airliners can descend over 8,000 feet per minute if needed" during an emergency, in a September 2020 USA Today column.

Monday's Delta flight, which included 185 passengers and seven crew members, landed safely and parked routinely at a Denver International Airport terminal gate shortly after 7 p.m. Although no injuries were reported, two or three of the passengers were treated for symptoms including "lightheadedness and shortness of breath," according to Denver Fox affiliate KDVR.

"Safety is always top of mind for Delta people as we serve our customers," Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant said in a statement to Newsweek. "We apologize to our customers for the delay in their travels this evening and our teams are working to get them to their final destinations as quickly as possible."