If you have a fear of flying, you might want to buckle up for this one: 12 people reportedly suffered minor to serious injuries after terrifying turbulence on a flight from Madrid.
On October 19, Aerolíneas Argentinas posted a statement on Twitter with the caption “important information.” According to the airline, the incident occurred when flight AR1133 was flying across the Atlantic Ocean to Buenos Aires, Argentina. There were 271 passengers and 13 crew members on board.
As the aircraft approached the South American continent, the aircraft, an Airbus 330 registered LV-FVH, was hit by severe turbulence. The plane then continued to Buenos Aires and landed at Ezeiza International Airport at 04:30.
Those with minor injuries were released.
“Nine passengers received primary care at the airport,” an airline spokesperson told Daily Hive. “Three more had to be transferred to Ezeiza Hospital for better control.”
They added that most of the injuries were to the head, nose, neck and hands.
“One of the people who was taken to the hospital had a fissure in the sacrum,” they said.
None of the crew were injured in the incident.
Important information. pic.twitter.com/HLmhG6xT0V
– Argentine Airlines (@Aerolineas_AR) October 19, 2022
“The seat belt lights came on before it entered the turbulence zone, as indicated by the crew report,” the spokesman said. “It was n [severe] ‘clear sky turbulence.’
In the online statement, the airline maintains that those who were injured and had to be transferred “were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the turbulence.”
After evaluation, the airline said that the turbulence did not cause any significant damage to the aircraft.