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A United Airlines pilot filed an urgent report with the National Weather Service’s aviation center on Friday: Almost every passenger on a Washington, DC-bound flight was sick due to turbulence from strong winds.
“Very bumpy on descent. Pretty much everyone on the plane threw up,” the pilot said in the report, according to NBC 4 Washington. The extreme winds and turbulence were caused by a Nor’easter that is churning up the East Coast and has grounded more than 2,300 flights.
Even the pilots on UA3833 were feeling nauseated due to the plane’s rocking. “Pilots were on the verge of throwing up,” the report said.
The flight left Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport (CHO) at 6:27 a.m. and landed at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) at 7:19 a.m., which was nine minutes early, according to United.
No additional injuries were reported aboard the Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft, a 50-seater jet whose relatively small size may have been a factor in its being rocked especially hard by the storm.
“Air Wisconsin Flight 3833 operating as United Express from Charlottesville, Va. to Washington Dulles International encountered turbulence because of high winds,” United Airlines said in a statement. “A few customers onboard the regional jet became ill as the aircraft was preparing to land. The aircraft landed safely and taxied to its gate. No customers required medical attention because of the turbulence.”
Featured image of a United Express Bombardier CRJ-200 by Robert Alexander/Getty Images
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