Plane lurches, puts peo­ple in hospi­tal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

An Amer­i­can Air­lines flight lurched vi­o­lently over the At­lantic Ocean on Satur­day, send­ing drinks and peo­ple fly­ing and putting 10 peo­ple in the hospi­tal after land­ing in Philadel­phia.

Pas­sen­ger Alex Ehmke told NBC News that ev­ery­thing in his field of vi­sion shot up 4 feet, and he told WPVI-TV in Philadel­phia that “it felt like the whole plane was in free fall.”

His wife, a re­porter for ProPublica, doc­u­mented the af­ter­math on Twit­ter: bev­er­ages sprayed across the ceil­ing of an Air­bus A333, cof­fee trapped in the hous­ing of the cabin lights.

In the row be­hind him, Ehmke said, a man had flown up from his seat, hit the ceil­ing and landed on his fa­ther — hard. The man was one of three pas­sen­gers who was hos­pi­tal­ized after the plane landed.

Ac­cord­ing to Amer­i­can, the other seven in­jured were crew mem­bers.

In the half-hour or so be­fore the flight reached Philadel­phia, Ehmke said, the pi­lot apol­o­gized for what the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Amer­i­can Air­lines later de­scribed as “se­vere tur­bu­lence,” cause un­known.

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