15 Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Rocks Miami Flight

Oct 19, 2018

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Fifteen passengers were injured on board an Aerolineas Argentinas flight from Miami (MIA) to Buenos Aires (EZE) on Thursday. Eight of those passengers were taken to the hospital upon arrival at EZE for further treatment of their injuries.

The 192 people on board Aerolineas Argentinas Flight 1303 reportedly experienced severe turbulence as the Airbus A330 aircraft encountered rough airspace over Brazil.

Flight 1303’s path from FlightRadar24.

Pictures of the chaotic aftermath of the rocked flight show the aircraft cabin in complete disarray: Tray tables, catering items and passengers’ personal belongings litter the cabin floor, and passengers appear shaken up after the incident.

Photo of the A330's dislodged ceiling panel by Oscar Munoz via Twitter.
Photo of the A330’s dislodged ceiling panel by Oscar Munoz via Twitter.

Passengers reportedly suffered injuries like nosebleeds and bruising. Despite the plane’s severe tremors, the flight continued on its path to Buenos Aires, where it landed safely. Aerolineas Argentinas told The Daily Mail that the turbulence occurred during while the plane was in the “cruise” portion of the flight. The carrier says cabin crew assisted injured passengers on board before the plane landed and flyers could get further medical attention.

Injuries from severe turbulence are not uncommon on flights (that’s why it’s so important to always have your seatbelt fastened while sitting). A similar rough air situation occurred last month on a Volaris flight to Tijuana, injuring dozens of passengers. And in March, a plane full of passengers caught in rough air from an impending Nor’easter all became airsick from the plane’s rocking in the violent winds.

Featured image by Oscar Munoz via Twitter.

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