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Air Force Transport plane diverted to Westover Air Force Base landed safely

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(MyFoxBoston.com) -- A U.S. Air Force C-5 Transport plane was diverted mid-flight and landed safely at Westover Air Force Base Saturday.

The flight originated out of the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany and was diverted due to a loss in cabin pressure around 11 a.m. The C-5, one of the largest planes in the world, was heading to the Dover Air Force Base.

There were 25 people and a crew onboard the aircraft, which landed safely in Chicopee. A young woman was transported to the hospital with a minor injury.

Westover Public Affairs released the following statement:

"A C-5 B assigned to Westover Air Reserve Base was returning from overseas en route to Dover Air Force Base at 34,000 feet with 25 crew and passengers when the aircraft experienced a loss of pressurization shortly after 11 a.m. while over the Atlantic Ocean. As a precaution, the aircraft was diverted to Westover ARB for maintenance actions. Westover rescue crews are standing by as a standard safety measure. No injuries were reported, and no in-flight emergency was declared. The aircraft is due to arrive at Westover by 2 p.m."

Before the flight landed, the military deployed fire and emergency vehicles at Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire, Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford and Westover Air Reserve Base as a precaution.

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