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Flight From London Ends With Bumps and Bruises for 4

Posted July 27, 2007

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— Four flight attendants suffered minor injuries as a flight from London to Raleigh had a bumpy last few minutes Friday afternoon.

Emergency crews boarded the American Airlines flight after it landed at RDU and helped the flight attendants, who had bumps and bruises.

Todd Hamilton was a passenger on the flight and took pictures of the scene. He said the jumbo jet hit severe turbulence just before landing. Hamilton called it the scariest experience of his life.

“Five minutes before landing, the bottom dropped out of the airplane. It felt like it dropped 50 to 75 feet minimum,” he said. “My wife is on another plane coming from Atlanta. I thought I’d never see her again.”

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 29, 2007

    I was on a Delta flight on a 757 from Atlanta a few years ago. The wind was blowing at 45 knots perpendicular to the runway at RDU creating severe crosswinds. RDU was closed to Commuter and puddle jumpers and they were sent to Greensboro. When we landed it felt like we were in a car on an icy road and the pilot used the entire runway to stop the plane.

    I was okay until I got off of the plane and heard the co-pilot tell the ground crew, "we had 45 knot cross winds and made it".

    My confidence in the situation went away at that point.

  • Sumo Vita Jul 29, 2007

    I was once on a puddle hopper when we hit turbulence - the coffee cup I'd just been served flew up, hit the ceiling and dumped its contents all over my lap. But at least, it was a puddle hopper. American uses a 777 on the London - Raleigh sector - about as large as they make them. That's pretty scary - I wonder what would have happened to a smaller aircraft.

  • lawpirate is still around Jul 28, 2007

    Good luck Fuquayone! I'm sure you'll be fine. I hope those flight attendants will be too.

  • WilloWSnapper Jul 28, 2007

    I was in my front yard in Cary on Thursday and I heard a VERY loud roaring. Looked up and I had NEVER seen a plane fly so low over our neighborhood. I mean to the point of seeing the underside of the plane ! Hubby got out of the car and we just watched it fly off, completely off the regular flight pattern over our house, it was scary

  • hkypky Jul 27, 2007

    On a flight from DC to Germany one time, we had just headed out over the ocean near New York and dinner was being served. We hit turbulence so severe that the dinner trays were in mid air at or above the seat headrests. What a mess. And before you knew what had happened, it was smooth as silk again and for the rest of the flight.

  • Fuquayone Jul 27, 2007

    Free air turbulence (from 1957) the term I know, or clear air turbulence as known today. That is the only reason I buckle on all flights, both international and regional. It does not happen here often nor on European flights, but go towards Asia it is a common occurence from what I have read. I have to fly tomorrow, hence my comments. I am scared going to Charlotte by air! :) But it is truly safer than driving according to statistics. Wish me luck!

  • dryhumper Jul 27, 2007

    Turbulence is scary. I know what that man is going through.

  • the river rat Jul 27, 2007

    Nature threw a curve and the flight crew brought the plane down safe. Good job.