Severe Turbulence Injures Six Orlando-Bound US Airways Passengers

–A US Airways express plane (not the plan involved in the incident). Mike Theiler/Reuters

Philadelphia folks heading to Orlando last night got a ride they hadn’t bargained for when their plane experienced severe turbulence.

This is the latest in a series of US Airways mishaps this spring.

“Twenty minutes into the flight, all of a sudden we just feel this boom, and the plane felt like it dropped 20 feet down,’’ a passenger told WPTV in the video above. “Shoes were flying, cellphones were flying, people were screaming, and it was very very very scary.’’

“I though we were going down,’’ said passenger Victoria Raines to CNN. “I really did.’’

Four passengers and two crew members were injured. Five people were taken to area hospitals, reports the Associated Press. Their conditions are unknown but not life-threatening.


The flight took off from Philadelphia International Airport shortly before 4 p.m. US Airways spokesman Bill McGlashen told the Associated Press that the seatbelt sign was still on when the turbulence occurred at about 17,000 feet.

The pilot was forced to turn back to Philadelphia. The passengers were then placed on an 8 p.m. flight to Orlando. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

US Airways has had a rough spring. Another Florida-bound plane on March 13 leaving Philadelphia experienced a blown tire upon takeoff. Passengers exited the plane on an emergency slide, and CNN reported that two women were taken to the hospital for a minor injury and a minor illness.

Emergency vehicles drive past a damaged US Airways jet at the end of a runway at the Philadelphia International Airport Marcy 13. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) —AP

And who can forget when a US Airways employee tweeted a pornographic photo to a customer on April 14, causing the airline to tweet an apology?

All of these incidents have led travelers like Msnochillbutton to tweet stuff like this:

when you see recent accidents about a airline you booked with

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