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U.S. military plane loses air pressure over Atlantic, is diverted

By Janet DiGiacomo, CNN
updated 3:40 PM EST, Sat February 8, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The plane lands at a base in Massachusetts and people get off
  • A C-5 plane "experienced a loss of pressurization," military spokesman says
  • At that point, the aircraft was 34,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean
  • Spokesman: "No injuries were reported, and no in-flight emergency was declared"

(CNN) -- A U.S. military aircraft suffered a pressurization loss Saturday morning over the Atlantic Ocean, prompting it to be diverted "as a precaution," an Air Force spokesman said.

The C-5, a military cargo plane carrying 25 passengers and crew, was 34,000 feet high "when the aircraft experienced a loss of pressurization shortly after 11 a.m.," said 1st Lt. Andre Bowser, a spokesman at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts.

The plane was supposed to go to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, but instead was redirected to Westover, Bowser said. The C-5 was diverted to that base, where it is currently assigned, "for maintenance," he said.

"No injuries were reported, and no in-flight emergency was declared," Bowser said.

Video footage shot after 2 p.m. showed the C-5 on the ground in Massachusetts, with people leaving the aircraft.

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