10 Injured After Flight Experiences Severe Turbulence

The American Airlines flight had almost landed in Philadelphia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2017 11:00 AM CDT
10 Injured After Flight Experiences Severe Turbulence
File photo.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

American Airlines says 10 people on a flight from Greece to Philadelphia were injured during severe turbulence Saturday, the AP reports. The airline says Flight 759 was heading to the city from Athens with 287 passengers and a dozen crew members Saturday when it briefly encountered severe turbulence shortly before landing. American says the "fasten seatbelt" sign was on at the time.

After the flight landed at 3:10pm, three passengers and seven crew members were taken to the hospital for evaluation. There was no immediate word on their injuries. According to the FAA, turbulence injures dozens of people nearly every year. Turbulence caused 44 injuries in 2016 and 21 the year before. Over the last 15 years, the lowest number of annual injuries caused by turbulence was 12 in 2006, and the highest was 107 in 2009. (More American Airlines stories.)

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