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Severe Turbulence On United Flight Sends Five To Hospital

Severe Turbulence On United Flight Sends Five To Hospital
Severe turbulence during a United Airlines flight sent three flight attendents and two passengers to the hospital Monday.

United Airlines flight 1676 left Denver, Colorado, and headed to Billings, Montana around noon on Monday with 114 passengers and five crew members on board. Then, something went wrong. (Via Google Earth)

"There was blood ... A lot of yelling, a lot of screaming. It only lasted probably about 30 seconds. ... It's the most helpless feeling ever." (Via WRC-TV)

According to the Denver Post, the initial drop the plane took was so forceful, "an infant flew from a parent's arms." The baby fortunately landed in a nearby chair and was unharmed.

And one man told a Montana station, he saw a woman hit a ceiling panel so hard it cracked. (Via KTVQ)

Apparently, it was a smooth ride right until the descent. One passenger says the flight crew seemed just as surprised as the passengers about the intense turbulence. (Via ABC)

"They didn't really offer any explanation because of what happened so quickly. I think they were just holding their tongues, basically, to figure out what happened." (Via CNN)

United Airlines released a statement that said in part, "Our primary focus is assisting our employees and passengers who were injured, and our flight safety team will review what happened."

According to United Airlines, all those injured have been released from the hospital except for one flight attendant.

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apartment February 18 2014 at 5:02 PM

My guess is that none of the injured were wearing seat belts. For a few things one must take responsibility.

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philipcamara February 18 2014 at 2:32 PM

wear your seat belt at all times and babies should have a seat with a strapped in baby carrier similar to car carriers come on we are not walking the dog when we are flying needs to be taken seriously

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pandocommando24 February 18 2014 at 1:45 PM

Microbursts happen quite often. This is why you should always wear your safety belt.


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mrnaturallyphree February 18 2014 at 1:41 PM

Happened to me on a Greyhound bus in '68.
I am still traumatized by the horror of that moment!
The baby is now 46 and still a pain in the butt.

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sacibee mrnaturallyphree February 18 2014 at 2:08 PM


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davidhken February 18 2014 at 12:28 PM

This is why passengers are always told to wear their seat belts.

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sweet cherri davidhken February 18 2014 at 12:42 PM


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David S. sweet cherri February 18 2014 at 1:52 PM

Infants can sit on the parents lap....

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Mrs. Erickson February 18 2014 at 8:38 PM

what are seat belts for if you don't use during flight. The same way when driving a car fasten your seat belts. It does save lives.

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almasearch February 18 2014 at 12:15 PM

Clear air/weather turbulence can be a *female dog*. Once I was in a private aircraft that hit some severe turbulence - it felt like someone slammed the airplane down hard two times. Had I not been belted, I would have hit the ceiling or been thrown across the cabin. Anything that was loose flew everywhere. It was a really short (couldn't have lasted more than 30 seconds) but frightening experience. I thought for sure the plane had to have been damaged, but it came out okay. I'm okay with not ever going throught that again, thank you very much!

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gmsexton February 18 2014 at 12:08 PM

most planes have doppar radar... but they don't always show clear air turbulence... it's out there.. and it happens... which is why they always tell you to keep your seat belt on... loosen it... but keep it fastened...

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Captain John February 18 2014 at 11:57 AM

Clear air turbulence (CAT) can happen without warning, hence to frequent reminder to keep one's seat belt fastened.

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duey35 February 18 2014 at 11:52 AM

Smooth ride untill the descent. Ummm when the captain lights the seatbelt sign and anounces they are making there descent into Billings I think the people should have their seatbelts on. NOT trying for free fall zero gavity activities.

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