American Airlines Flight Diverts After Severe Turbulence

By Paul Riegler on 16 December 2014
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American 777-200 first-class cabin

American 777-200 first-class cabin

An American Airlines flight en route from Seoul, Korea to Dallas/Forth Worth diverted to Tokyo after the plane, a Boeing 777-200, hit severe turbulence.

The airline confirmed the incident on board Flight 280, and said that there were 240 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

A passenger on the flight, posting on the travel website FlyerTalk under the user name calexandre, said he was “ok” but had been “covered in red wine and glass,” ending up with “about six wine glasses broken around me.” He also said that the turbulence itself “was terrifying, even as a very seasoned flyer,” adding that he hopes he never again hears the sound that the plane was making.

The flight departed Incheon International Airport in Seoul at 6:15 p.m. local time and was scheduled to arrive at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at 3:45 p.m. the same day.

The airline issued a statement saying that its “primary concern at this time is for our passengers and crew on board the airplane and our team in Narita is providing assistance. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

NHK, Japan’s public broadcasting service, reported that 10 passengers and four crew members were injured.

American later issued a statement saying that medical personnel evaluated all passengers and crew members asking for medical attention and that “four passengers and one crew member have been transported to local hospitals for further observation and treatment. None of the injuries are life-threatening.”

The carrier also said that Flight 280 “will not continue to DFW today,” adding that passengers “have been transported to hotels and will continue their travel to DFW tomorrow.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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