PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Several people were hospitalized after an American Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence before landing safely in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
The flight was en route from Athens, Greece and experienced the turbulence shortly before landing at Philadelphia International Airport around 3:45 P.M.
Upon landing, three passengers and seven crew members were taken to the hospital for evaluation.3710113
Passenger Jessica Huseman shared her experience on twitter.
American Airlines issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“American Airlines flight 759 from Athens, Greece to Philadelphia International Airport briefly encountered severe turbulence shortly before landing safely in Philadelphia. The seatbelt sign was on at the time. Three passengers and seven crew members were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. 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.”
The FAA also issued this statement:
“American Airlines 759, an Airbus A333 aircraft, landed safely at Philadelphia International Airport at about 3:10 pm today after the crew reported severe turbulence while flying over the North Atlantic Ocean. The flight departed from Athens, Greece for Philadelphia. Contact the airport and American Airlines for information about passenger injuries. The FAA will investigate.”