An American Airlines flight to Florida was diverted to Louisiana after 10 people were injured in severe turbulence.
Flight 2401 had the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport around 7:30 p.m. local time on. Left Thursday, June 24th with 190 passengers and six flight attendants on board, NOLA.com reported on Tuesday.
But the flight experienced severe turbulence en route to Tampa, Florida, causing some of the people on board to be blown off their seats, the airline said.
Paramedics hit the plane when it landed at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans at around 9:30 p.m.
Ten people – eight passengers and two flight attendants – were transported to the hospital with injuries.
Sheri Parsley-Najera, a woman who said she was on the flight, described the experience in a post on Facebook Monday.
Parsley-Najera said the plane hit clear air turbulence that is sudden and strong, occurring with no visual cl and suddenly fell 150 feet.
“Before that there wasn’t bad weather and the flight went smoothly. It was so scary and for most of the flight I thought we were going to crash,” wrote Parsley-Najera.
She said she avoided getting up from her seat thanks to her seat belt, but several other passengers slammed the covers and a man who was unbuckled landed on the passengers.
“I was about to get up to go to the bathroom, but luckily the drinks cart was in the way,” she wrote. “It happened without warning, the drinks cart hit the ceiling, drinks came to us through the people in the caddy corner of the island, a few people hit the ceiling, and a man who wasn’t buckled up landed on some people.”
She added, “Our pilot said he has been flying for 27 years and has never seen anything like it.”
Parsley-Najera has been contacted for further comments.
American Airlines told NOLA.com in a statement that the flight resumed to Tampa later Thursday evening.
“We apologize to our customers for the problems this has caused and thank our team members for the safety of our passengers,” the statement said.
American Airlines was asked for additional comments.
A day later, three flight attendants and one passenger were injured in a similar incident. A Southwest Airlines flight was in its first descent to its destination Salt Lake City, Utah, when it encountered turbulence, according to the Aviation Herald.