New video shows the disastrous aftermath of an American Airlines flight that experienced ‘severe turbulence’ causing the hospitalization of 10 people.
Passengers were shaken after landing at Philadelphia International Airport following a several second free-fall while on flight 759 on Saturday afternoon that departed from Athens, Greece.
Witnesses described the event as terrifying and one claims that a flight attendant dislocated his shoulder in the commotion.
Three passengers and seven crew members were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injures obtained in the ‘severe turbulence’.
Footage released on Sunday shows the plane interior wrecked, as the aisle was cluttered with objects and the ceiling was splattered with coffee and juice.
Flight attendants had just finished handing out drinks before the plane lurched, causing drinks to go flying and people to slam into the ceiling, according to reports.
In the video posted by LA-based doctor Ervin Fang, the captain is heard saying: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain. We really apologize for that unexpected bump. We were expecting some light turbulence…it was just totally unexpected.
‘We’ve asked our cabin to make an assessment, make sure everybody is OK. Again, we sincerely apologize. We don’t anticipate any more of that. We want to make sure, as always, to keep your seat belt fastened.’
The inside of the plane is a mess, with food and drinks littering the aisle and passengers looking scared.
Fang said that he provided medical help to a flight attendant who hit the ceiling in the lurch, relocating his shoulder while still in the air.
Pictured: The plane’s aisle littered with drinks and food after the sudden lurch
Flight attendants had just finished handing out drinks before the plane lurched, causing drinks to go flying and people to slam into the ceiling, according to reports
Passengers described the event as terrifying and one claims a flight attendant dislocated his shoulder in the commotion
Thirty minutes before landing, the plane ‘lurched’, causing people to become injured, according to reports. The plane was traveling from Athens to Philadelphia
Passenger Ian Smith retold the events of the flight to ABC 6, and said the plane was 30 minutes out when it suddenly fell through the sky.
He said: ‘Thirty minutes out. They were giving us our drinks. The flight attendants were in the last couple rows when they said “fasten your seat belts.”
‘And then they said for the flight attendants to get to their seats, and they didn’t even have time.
‘It started shaking, then it took a big drop. Babies screaming, people in front of us hitting the ceiling.’
ProPublica reporter Jessica Huseman was another flier who went through the terrifying experience.
She wrote on Twitter: ‘No warning at all. Plane lurched thru the air. Honestly, terrifying.
‘Turbulence on flight was so insane and unexpected a flight attendant dislocated his shoulder.’
Huseman added: ‘Some passengers are injured as well. We all used our fleece blankets to mop the ceiling of the plane down after drinks went flying.
‘They’d *just* handed out drinks. This plane (that I’m still on) is soaked. Soaked. They’ll be hosing this out for hours.’
The flight landed at 3.10pm but it was originally expected to land at 3.45pm, according to the airline’s flight arrival times.
There were 287 passengers and 12 crew members on the flight coming from Athens.
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. There was no immediate word on their injuries or whether any would be admitted.
American said in a statement: ‘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.’