Plane lurches, puts people in hospital
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.