Most of the time, turbulence is just an uncomfortable, if not almost inevitable part of flying. But then there are the times when turbulence is downright terrifying and a real danger. Three flight attendants and five passengers on a United Airlines flight yesterday from Denver to Billings, Mont. were injured when the plane hit turbulence so severe, people were tossed from their seats.
The turbulence happened upon descent and the plane landed at Billings Logan International Airport at 1:23 p.m., KUSA-TV reports.
Passengers told KTVQ that the scene inside the plane was dramatic.
The plane dropped sharply and without warning from the crew as it headed toward Billings, passenger Bill Dahlin told the news organization. The crew appeared to be surprised, too, Dahlin said.
“I think they were somewhat panicked,” Dahlin told KTVQ. “I think they were trying to assess things themselves so they really didn’t offer any explanation because of what happened so quickly.”
One woman hit the ceiling to hard that the panel above her cracked and another woman cried out for her baby, said Dahlin, who was uninjured.
“I have flown a lot and I do know you run into things like this,” he told KTVQ. “This happened to be a lot rougher than what I’m accustomed to.”
One crewmember was bleeding from the head and unconscious, a passenger told Fox 31 in Denver.
Denver International Airport is one of United’s nine domestic hubs. The airline serves 368 airports and has 88,087 employees, according to its corporate fact sheet.