There have been a handful of flights this year in which folks have been injured due to severe turbulence, highlighting the need for us passengers to comply with the Captains ever-present request to fasten your seatbelt even when the sign is off. This is what happened in United 1031 flying from Panama City to Houston, when the 737-800 experienced severe turbulence.
News article from Business Insider:
Nine passengers and one member of the crew was injured by turbulence on board a United Airlines flight on Tuesday.
United Flight 1031 was en route from Panama City, Panama to Houston, Texas, when the Boeing 737-800 experienced severe turbulence 80 miles east of Cancun, Mexico, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson told Reuters.
The aircraft landed in Houston, Texas just before 1:40 pm local time where it was met by paramedics. The injured passengers have been transported to the hospital for evaluation.
Their current conditions are unknown.
In a statement to Business Insider, United Airlines wrote:
“United flight 1031 experienced turbulence while en route from Panama City, Panama to Houston. 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.”
This one certainly wasn’t one of the worse ones. In case you missed it, take a look at the havoc left by severe turbulence in Aeroflot SU270 back in April.
You’ve been warned!