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One minor injury reported
CHICOPEE, Mass. —A military aircraft headed to Delaware from Germany was diverted to Chicopee, Mass., Saturday after it experienced a loss of pressurization above the Atlantic Ocean, officials said.

“Most people were sleeping, and then we just heard this noise, and people jumped up,” said a passenger who asked not to be identified.

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The Air Force Galaxy C-5 was carrying 25 crew and passengers when it lost pressurization at 34,000 feet at about 11 a.m., according to a statement from Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

“All the oxygen masks were coming out of the ceiling,” the passenger said. “I think everybody was just scared for a while.”

There was no declaration of an in-flight emergency, officials said. One girl was taken to a hospital for a minor injury, likely an ear drum issue.

“You could feel it. Ears were popping; ears were hurting. And we just needed some oxygen,” said the passenger.  “I think they came to lower altitude, so that made it easier to breathe.”

Emergency crews, including dozens of ambulances, at Hanscom Air Force Base were standing by earlier Saturday afternoon for the possible arrival of the aircraft, before officials said the flight would land at Westover.