Ten people were taken to an area hospital for evaluation after an American Airlines flight experienced severe turbulence before it landed safely at Philadelphia International Airport Saturday.
The Airbus A333 which operated flight 759 was traveling from Athens, Greece, to Philadelphia encountered "severe turbulence" over the North Atlantic Ocean, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Three passengers and seven crew members were injured. One of the flight attendants had dislocated his shoulder. Officials said preliminary reports indicated all of the injuries were minor and not life-threatening. There were 287 passengers and 12 crew members on the flight.
“There was just very slight turbulence for about five seconds and then suddenly it felt like the whole plane was in free fall," a passenger said. The turbulence lasted for about 15 seconds. “Three passengers and seven crew members were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. We are taking care of our passengers and our crew members at this time and want to thank our team members for keeping our passengers safe," the American Airlines said in a statement. They also added "thank our team members for keeping our passengers safe." According to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) this is how a severe turbulence is described: }”Turbulence that causes large, abrupt changes in altitude and/or attitude. It usually causes large variations in indicated airspeed. Aircraft may be momentarily out of control. Occupants are forced violently against seat belts or shoulder straps. Unsecured objects are tossed about. Food Service and walking are impossible.”