10 Injured During ‘Severe Turbulence’ Aboard AA Flight to Pa.

Ten people were injured after an American Airlines flight from Athens, Greece, experienced “severe turbulence” prior to landing at Philadelphia International Airport Saturday.


Photo credit: Adam K. Theil

Three passengers and seven crew members were taken to the hospital upon landing, American Airlines said in a statement. The fasten seatbelt sign was on at the time of the turbulence, according to the airline.

Jessica Huseman, a reporter, tweeted from aboard the plane about her experience.

American Airlines flight 759 from Athens to Philadelphia landed safely at 3:10 p.m. after the FAA said the crew reported the turbulence while flying over the North Atlantic Ocean.

“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 statement read.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Theil shared photos of the fire department’s response to the airport.


Photo credit: Adam K. Theil

There was no word on the severity of injuries suffered, but American Airlines reported those going to the hospital were transported “for evaluation.”

In 2016, there were a total of 44 injuries reported during turbulence. Thirty-three of the injuries were to passengers and 11 were to crew members, according to the FAA.

Published 5 hours ago | Updated 21 minutes ago

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