Over the weekend, American Airlines Flight 759 was en route from Greece to Philadelphia. While the majority of the flight was smooth sailing, trouble occurred just when the plane was approaching the Philadelphia International Airport.
The plane began experiencing extreme turbulence just before landing. While the fasten-seatbelt signs were illuminated, ten people were still injured.
Seven flight attendants and three passengers were transported to the hospital immediately following the landing for the injuries they sustained on the flight. One passenger on the flight, Ervin Fang, is a physician. He had to perform a shoulder relocation on a flight attendant, midair.
A passenger on the flight, Alex Ehmke, told NBC News, “I was looking forward and I just saw everything just move upwards about four feet. The gentleman directly behind us and diagonally behind us hit the ceiling himself.”
Not only did the turbulence send everything flying, it also resulted in a soaked plane. The flight attendants had handed out drinks just minutes before the incident.
American Airlines released a statement about the incident, assuring everyone that they put the passenger’s safety above all else.
It said, “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.”
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said, “Airplanes have seat belts for a reason. Turbulence is a serious threat in the air and it cannot always be predicted. It is one of the highest causes of serious on the job injury to flight attendants.”
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