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'Severe Turbulence' Experienced on Flight From Greece to Philadelphia, 10 Injured

'Severe Turbulence' Experienced on Flight From Greece to Philadelphia, 10 Injured

A Philadelphia-bound American Airlines flight from Greece hit "severe turbulence" shortly before landing that injured 10 passengers on Saturday. Three passengers and seven crew members were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. "The flight attendants were in the last rows when they said 'fasten your seat belts, '" Smith said.

When another crew member took the microphone to explain how people would get off the plane, Ehmke said, "it was the most shaken I've ever heard flight staff sound".

Passengers said the turbulence lasted for about 15 seconds. "Babies screaming, people in front of us hitting the ceiling", said Smith.

Ehmke said he saw a flight attendant with what appeared to be a makeshift sling around his arm and two passengers left with what looked like ice packs on their heads. The flight landed safely just after 3 p.m. "They were giving us our drinks".

A ProPublica reporter on the flight said the interior of the plane was "soaked".




In the half-hour or so before reaching Philadelphia, Ehmke said, the pilot apologized for what the Federal Aviation Administration and American Airlines later described as "severe turbulence", cause unknown.

Alex Ehmke and his family had spent almost 10 hours in the air, flying home from a vacation in Europe, he told The Washington Post.

American Airlines Flight 759 landed at Philadelphia International Airport at 3:10 p.m., with 299 people on board at the time-287 passengers and 12 crew members. This plane (that I'm still on) is soaked. "They'll be hosing this out for hours", tweeted Jessica Huseman.

Huseman went on to praise the flight crew for how they handled the incident. So far, there has been no word on the severity of the injuries sustained.

American says it wants to "thank our team members for keeping our passengers safe".