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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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Kimberly FRASER February 19 2014 at 12:16 AM

Please to all out there, trying to figure out how that aircraft became in CLEAR turbulence, PLEASE..it does happen!!! Just have it in your heart to pray for the Flight Attendant who is CRITICAL condition. I have experienced the same back in 2001..and it is nobody's fault. We just need to get better radar on ALL A/C's. God Bless The Flight Attendant and My prayers are with her......

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elendil3136 February 18 2014 at 6:03 PM

You can't see turbulent air through the windshield, or on aircraft radar. These kind of problems are fairly rare, but potentially dangerous. Fortunately, they had enough altitude to allow the pilots time to regain control.

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Kenny February 18 2014 at 5:29 PM

it's called FLYING........ at your own risk

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rsticks18 February 18 2014 at 3:55 PM

they were probably told to keep their seats belt on. that is said on flights all the time. if you are in your seat it is better to keep your seat belt buckled. i am always fascinated by the people who get right up when the pilot says to keep your seat belt on--were they not listening?

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Kathy February 18 2014 at 3:13 PM

This is absolutely possible on every flight! I agree ... we should stay buckled in AND babies should not be allowed to be held on our laps!! We are not allowed to hold them on our laps in a car ... Some flights I have been on to Europe, the babies are laying in a 'fold-down' bed ... dangerous!!
We need to rethink the baby thing for transportation ... Flying, train, auto, etc. Safety first!!

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Josephine February 18 2014 at 2:49 PM


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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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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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