Petrified Delta passengers text their loved ones goodbye as their plane plunges 29,000 feet in seven MINUTES during terrifying emergency which left flight attendants begging no one to 'panic'

  • The frightening flight was en route from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale Wednesday
  • It was halfway through the journey when it rapidly descended from an altitude 39,000 feet to 10,000 feet
  • Delta said the drop was caused by 'cabin pressurization irregularity en route'
  • Passengers recounted the terrifying incident that had them fearing for their lives
  • They contacted loved ones to say their goodbyes as flight attendants begged everyone not to panic
  • The flight was diverted to Tampa and landed without incident  

Panic broke out on a Delta flight when the aircraft plunged nearly 30,000 feet in seven minutes, prompting petrified passengers to text goodbyes to loved ones while flight attendants tried to reign in the chaos. 

The flight from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale was halfway through its route on Wednesday when it rapidly dropped from an altitude 39,000 feet to 10,000 feet. 

Delta said the unanticipated descent was caused by 'cabin pressurization irregularity en route'.  

Panic broke out on a Delta flight on Wednesday when the aircraft plunged nearly 30,000 feet in seven minutes, prompting petrified passengers to text goodbyes to loved ones while flight attendants tried to reign in the chaos

Panic broke out on a Delta flight on Wednesday when the aircraft plunged nearly 30,000 feet in seven minutes, prompting petrified passengers to text goodbyes to loved ones while flight attendants tried to reign in the chaos

A father is seen clinging to his child after the oxygen masks dropped midway through the flight

A father is seen clinging to his child after the oxygen masks dropped midway through the flight

Passengers have recounted the terrifying experience that had them fearing for their lives. 

'Out of nowhere, I felt what felt like a sort of a rapid descent,' passenger Harris DeWoskin told WFTS

'We started dropping in altitude and then the oxygen masks dropped from the top of the plane. Chaos sort of ensued amongst the passengers.'

DeWoskin said he reached out to his girlfriend and his family to let them know 'some scary stuff' was occurring aboard the aircraft.  

'One of the flight attendants, I believe, grabbed the intercom and was just repeating over the intercom stating: "Do not panic! Do not panic!"', he said. 'But, obviously, it's a hectic moment so, the passengers around me, a lot of people, were kind of hyperventilating.' 

Passenger Harris DeWoskin (pictured) recounted the terrifying experience to WFTS

Passenger Harris DeWoskin (pictured) recounted the terrifying experience to WFTS

Video from inside the aircraft showed passengers desperate for answers after oxygen masks dropped from the overhead compartment

Video from inside the aircraft showed passengers desperate for answers after oxygen masks dropped from the overhead compartment  

DeWoskin said a flight attendant got on the intercom and said: 'Do not panic! Do not panic!'

DeWoskin said a flight attendant got on the intercom and said: 'Do not panic! Do not panic!'

Preliminary FlightAware data shows the plane descended from 39,000 feet at 4.34pm to 9,975 feet at 4.42pm

Preliminary FlightAware data shows the plane descended from 39,000 feet at 4.34pm to 9,975 feet at 4.42pm

DeWoskin and others documented the mayhem on their phone as photos and videos show passengers desperately looking for answers after oxygen masks dropped from the overhead compartment. 

'Life is fragile. There was a scary 60 to 90 seconds where we really didn't know what was going on,' Dewoskin said. 

'You are 15,000 feet in the air — it's a scary moment for sure.' 

Preliminary FlightAware data shows the plane descended from 39,000 feet at 4.34pm to 9,975 feet at 4.42pm.

The plane was diverted to Tampa 'out of an abundance of caution', a Delta spokesperson said, and landed 'without incident'. 

Mechanics at Tampa International Airport are now assessing the plane to determine what went wrong.  

The plane was diverted to Tampa International Airport 'out of an abundance of caution', Delta said, and it landed 'without incident'. The plane is seen at a gate Wednesday night

The plane was diverted to Tampa International Airport 'out of an abundance of caution', Delta said, and it landed 'without incident'. The plane is seen at a gate Wednesday night

Mechanics at Tampa International are now assessing the plane to determine what went wrong

Mechanics at Tampa International are now assessing the plane to determine what went wrong

Panic on Delta flight as plane plummets almost 30,000 feet

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