14 People Injured After United Flight Hits Severe Turbulence
Fourteen people on a United flight from Panama City to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport were injured on Tuesday due to extreme turbulence that lasted for about 20 minutes.
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Flight 1031 hit turbulence about 80 miles east of Cancun, Mexico, on the outskirts of Tropical Storm Cindy, the Daily Mail reported. The severity of the turbulence actually caused some passengers to hit the ceiling of the plane at some points.
According to CBS News, of the 14 injured, nine needed to be taken to the hospital once the plane landed in Houston.
Passengers were being treated for bruises, neck injuries, chest pains, shortness of breath, and anxiety. One crew member was amongst the injured, according to United.
“United flight 1031 experienced turbulence while en route from Panama City, Panama to Houston,” the airline said in a statement to ABC 13. “Paramedics met the aircraft to provide medical care and initial reports are that nine customers and one crew member were transported to the hospital for evaluation. Our thoughts and concerns are with those who were injured and our team is reaching out directly to our customers to provide further care and support.”
The Boeing 737 landed in Houston at 2:30 p.m. without additional issues.
ABC 13 reported that no other airport operations have been interrupted, according to Houston Airport System.