Air Force transport jet traveling from Germany lost pressurization over the ocean, was diverted to Westover

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BEDFORD -- An Air Force Lockheed C-5 Galaxy transport jet flying to Delaware from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany lost pressurization over the Atlantic this morning, forcing the massive plane to divert to the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

Lieutenant Colonel James G. Bishop, the base’s chief of public affairs, said it was unclear what caused the plane to lose pressure. The 10 crew members and 15 passengers on board were able to breathe using oxygen masks while the jet descended to a lower altitude, Bishop said.

The plane landed safely at Westover at 2:29 p.m., Bishop said. A young girl was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, a spokesman said later toay, but the other passengers and crew members reported no injuries.

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