According to a recent news report, on a flight from Gatwick to Naples, the plane hit an unexpected and extremely rough patch of turbulence. The plane dipped unexpectedly, causing three flight attendants to hit the ceiling. One was knocked unconscious while another broke a hip.
Turbulence can be very dangerous, depending on how bad it is. Although it probably won’t cause a plane to crash, an extremely rough patch of turbulence (like the one described above) can cause severe injuries. This is why it’s very important to wear a seatbelt at all times on an airplane, only removing it if you have to get up to stretch or use the restroom. It is especially important to wear it if the pilot or crew has instructed you to do so. It’s not to make your life uncomfortable or to annoy you, it’s to keep you safe should something like turbulence become severe.
If you or someone you know has been injured in or by an airplane for any reason, please give us a call at 949-496-7000. Attorney John P. Burns was a commercial airline pilot for many years before becoming a personal injury attorney. He is very knowledgeable about airplanes and the companies that operate them. The first call is always free and we will help you determine if you have a case.