10 injured on American Airlines flight by severe turbulence

  • 10 injured on American Airlines flight by severe turbulence

10 injured on American Airlines flight by severe turbulence

A Philadelphia-bound American Airlines flight from Greece hit "severe turbulence" shortly before landing that injured 10 passengers on Saturday. WPVI-TV spoke to Ian Smith of South Philadelphia after the flight, who described the terrifying experience.

Researchers are saying that Clear-air turbulence, like the one that injured 27 passengers on a flight from Moscow to Bangkok recently, could as much as triple by the end of the century.

American Airlines flight 759 was traveling from Athens, Greece, to Philadelphia when the Airbus A333 encountered "severe turbulence" over the North Atlantic Ocean, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. "The flight attendants were in the last couple rows when they said 'fasten your seat belts.' And then they said for the flight attendants to get to their seats, and they didn't even have time".

A ProPublica reporter on the flight said the interior of the plane was "soaked". Ehmke, who referred to sudden drop the plane went through as "the lurch", also recalled food and drinks going everywhere.

Note, while her original tweet says NYC but she later clarifies that she was headed to Philadelphia.

In 2016, the FAA said turbulence caused 44 injuries - more than double the 21 reported in 2015.

Ehmke said he saw a flight attendant with what appeared to be a makeshift sling around his arm and two passengers left with what looked like ice packs on their heads.

According to 6abc.com, the flight, which had 287 passengers and 12 crew members on board, landed safely at 3:10 p.m.at Philadelphia International Airport. The flight attendants just carried last on this flight drinks before boarding. There were almost 300 people on board: 287 passengers and 12 crew members, according to Abc6 Action News.