A Delta flight experienced extreme turbulence as it approached Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport a month ago, sending 11 passengers to the hospital.
According to CBS News, eight passengers on a JetBlue flight from Ecuador to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were taken to the hospital when the aircraft encountered turbulence before touching down in the US city. An “abrupt and severe turbulence” caused the incident to occur on Monday, September 25, a JetBlue representative informed the site. Seven passengers and one crew member were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and evaluation after the plane safely landed.
Unknown is the extent of the injuries.
The airline was quoted by the outlet as saying, “JetBlue will work to support our customers and crew members.”
According to reports from the authorities, the affected aircraft has been taken out of service for a comprehensive inspection.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on Monday afternoon that an inquiry into the event has begun. “NTSB has opened an investigation into the turbulence that happened on JetBlue #1256, an Airbus A320, today on a trip from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, near Jamaica. There have been numerous injuries recorded,” the organization wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter).
This is the most recent instance in which extreme turbulence experienced by passengers during their flights resulted in injuries. A Delta flight experienced extreme turbulence as it approached Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport a month ago, sending 11 passengers to the hospital. The crew and passengers of Delta Flight 175 were among those hurt.
According to the CBS News story, tragedy happened in March when a Bombardier CL30 jet traveling from Dillant-Hopkins Airport in New Hampshire to Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia met significant turbulence, killing one passenger. Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, had to be the new destination for the aircraft.
In a separate incident in March, a Lufthansa flight from Austin to Frankfurt, Germany, encountered turbulence and had to make an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Several people were taken to the hospital as a result.