5 Injured During 'Insane' Turbulence on Delta Flight

Plane made emergency landing in Reno
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2019 11:26 AM CST
5 Injured During 'Insane' Turbulence on Delta Flight
Passenger Joe Justice took photos and video of the turbulence and its aftermath.   (Joe Justice, Scrum Inc.)

A Delta Air Lines flight made an emergency landing in Reno Wednesday after major turbulence caused injuries to five people, the Reno Gazette Journal reports. Flight 5763, a regional flight operated by Compass Airlines, was en route from Southern California's Orange County to Seattle when the turbulence hit; a storm is currently hitting the Lake Tahoe area, and the National Weather Service has warned that "this is a particularly dangerous situation for aviation in the lee of the Sierra over the next few days." Joe Justice, a passenger on the flight, provided photos and video of the aftermath on Twitter, calling the turbulence "insane."

Justice says a beverage cart "went all the way up to the ceiling, roughly, more than once, as did the flight attendant." Another passenger tells Fox News, "We just saw the drink cart go up in the air. The flight attendant was tossed around like a rag doll. It was wild." Two of the injured passengers and one injured flight attendant were taken to a hospital, CNN reports; their conditions have not yet been released. Two others were checked out by medics and declined to go to the hospital, the Seattle Times reports. Officials said all passengers were conscious. Delta provided food, an alternate flight to Seattle, and refunds to all 59 passengers, NBC News reports. Four crew members were also on board. (Delta napkins are making waves, and not in a good way.)

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