Yellow Journalism: “DELTA FLIGHT PLUNGES” is the headline for a “controlled descent” due to depressurization

Yellow Journalism: “DELTA FLIGHT PLUNGES” is the headline for a “controlled descent” due to depressurization

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Delta told Channel 2 Action News that while flying to Fort Lauderdale Wednesday night, pilots learned of a depressurization issue. The pilots deployed oxygen masks for the passengers and made the “controlled decent.”[sic]

Source: DELTA FLIGHT PLUNGES: Panic in the sky: Delta flight from Atlanta plunges nearly 30,000 feet | WSB-TV

Local TV station uses the terms “Panic in the sky” followed by “plunges” to describe a “controlled descent” (they were unable to correctly spell “descent” due to loss of cabin air pressure.

As best we can tell, most other media outlets reported this correctly, including this from CNN, which is an accurate and appropriate headline:

Update:

Watch a video from a Boeing 777 pilot and former Boeing 767 pilot talking about this emergency descent and laughing at the media’s “plunge” reference. It’s not a panic situation. If you don’t follow him on Youtube, you should. He provides detailed and common sense explanations on aviation and civil engineering incidents. Highly recommended!

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