Local flyer recounts turbulence
A DC resident described "bloody heads and noses" on the United Airlines jetliner that hit severe turbulence while flying over Kansas, injuring 30, one critically.
Deborah Atwood, of northwest DC, was on the plane travelling first class for business in LA. She snapped the below picture with her cell phone from the window by her seat. She sent her husband, Robert Hyman, an e-mail account of the ordeal:
"The plane just dropped thousands of feet. I'm soaked in water and wine. Suffice it to say, it scared me," he said she wrote.
"Liquid sprayed all over, that was the first thing she noticed," the husband recounted to the Washington Post. "People were calling out for doctors on the plane before they could get to Denver. Bloody heads and noses. She said she was a little bit sore, even though she had her seatbelt on.
First the flight sat delayed on the tarmac before leaving Dulles, with the crew reporting bad weather an hour West, she texted Hyman, who wondered why they didn't leave sooner instead to beat the forming storm. Then, Deborah said, there was turbulence over Kansas. Then, "she described it like you fell down an escalator shaft--then all of a sudden you slam back up to the top." At 6a.m., Robert's phone began ringing with calls from worried friends and family.
"It was one thing after another... She travels quite a bit and she said shes never experienced anything like this. She's just trying to get some rest now."
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident, said board spokeswoman Bridget Serchak. She had no further information. FAA spokesman Mike Furgus said the incident would be a "front-burner item" for both the FAA and the NTSB.
The Associated Press contributed reporting
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