Turbulence Diverts American Airlines Flight; 14 Injured, 5 Hospitalized

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December 17, 2014 Updated: December 17, 2014

 

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Christmas travel is rough enough without mother nature trying to rearrange the airline cabin.

But for one American Airlines flight en route from Seoul, Korea to Dallas, Texas on Tuesday:

“Blades, glasses, even a beverage cart were thrown around the cabin”(Via KTAS).

The Turbulence got so bad, the flight had to divert to a airport in Japan.

Officials told ABC, the shaking injured at least 14 people, five so severely they had to be hospitalized.

The plane was reportedly stuck in the rough air for approximately 90 minutes.

KTVT spoke with passenger Mark Stanley.

“Not only had I not, the pilot — he’s been flying more than 30 years — the copilots, the flight attendants for 35 years, everybody said they’d never, ever, ever seen anything like this,” said Stanley.

Weather Channel meteorologists say a storm developing over Japan was the likely culprit.

“Around these jet streaks, especially around the front and the backs of them; that’s where you can get some of the most violent motion, especially while the storm is developing. You get a lot of rising air, a lot of sinking air.”

American Airlines said the passengers would spend the night in local hotels before boarding a new flight on Wednesday.

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