Yesterday an American Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas diverted to Tokyo after hitting severe turbulence. Four passengers and one crewmember were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
We don’t generally put much thought into reports of turbulence, since it’s not something that really kills people. And we’ve all experienced some level of turbulence, so it doesn’t really sound that traumatizing.
However, there’s video of the turbulence from yesterday’s American flight, and it’s sort of chilling:
I’m short of breath just from having watched the video. You have people screaming, praying, etc.
There’s a lady two minutes into the video that screams “why is he not talking to us.” Presumably referring to why the pilot isn’t making an announcement despite them descending. I’d guess that would have something to do with the fact that he was trying to safely fly the plane and assess the situation. 😉
Happy that everyone will ultimately be okay. What a video.