Quantcast
  

Thursday, April 24, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 4 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Severe turbulence injures crew, passengers on United flight

By Associated Press

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 10:45 a.m. HST, Feb 18, 2014



BILLINGS, Mont. >>  Federal authorities are looking into severe turbulence that triggered "pandemonium" aboard a United Airlines flight into Billings, Mont., and sent five people to hospitals with injuries.

Three crew members and two passengers were injured, United Airlines spokesman Luke Punzenberger told The Denver Post. The captain declared a medical emergency as the Boeing 737 approached Billings, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Billings Gazette.

Flight 1676 left Denver International Airport around noon and landed without incident just before 1:30 p.m. at Billings Logan International Airport, Gregor and the airline said.

One flight attendant remained in the hospital late Monday, Punzenberger said. He says 114 passengers and five crew members were aboard.

Passenger Ejay Old Bull of Billings says drinks had just been served and passengers were moving around the cabin when flight 1676 began to lurch violently about 55 minutes after it left Denver.

Old Bull says he watched the unrestrained woman next to him crash into the luggage bin overhead and briefly lose consciousness, while a crew member got bounced around in the galley just behind his seat.

Passenger Joe Frank, 20, told The Denver Post in an email that the plane dropped violently and he heard a loud bang. He said a baby was propelled out of a parent's arms and landed in a seat nearby, but the infant didn't appear to be hurt.

"I didn't have my seat belt on, so I hit my head pretty hard but what hurts is my lower back and hips," he told the newspaper. He said he was heading from a visit to Texas back home to Billings.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams says authorities are looking into the severity of the injuries and whether the Boeing 737 involved suffered any damage.







 Print   Email   Comment | View 4 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(4)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
vapors wrote:
AND PEOPLE STILL DON'T LEARN......LEAVE YOUR SEATBELT ON!!!!
on February 18,2014 | 06:27AM
jmarie wrote:
Why is this news in Honolulu?
on February 18,2014 | 06:29AM
cojef wrote:
To help Hawaiian Airlines
on February 18,2014 | 07:31AM
localguy wrote:
Hello, this could happen on any flight to and from HI. And in fact it has. Still way too many clueless people who fail to wear their seat belt. Are you one of them?
on February 18,2014 | 07:39AM
IN OTHER NEWS
Breaking News
Blogs
Political Radar
Wait

Political Radar
Second request

Political Radar
Tipped

Warrior Beat
One last fling

Political Radar
Phased in

Political Radar
Palolo v. Pauoa