Bad Storms, 'Violent' Turbulence Forces Plane To Be Diverted
A Delta Air Lines flight from Paris to Newark-Liberty International had to be diverted to Boston on Wednesday after thunderstorms in the New York area caused violent turbulence.
The storms were so bad that not only did the pilots originally try to land at Newark as scheduled but failed, they then tried to land at nearby John F. Kennedy International but were also prevented from landing there by the storms.
"We kept going up, going down and dropping down -- they kept trying to get us to land and it was very turbulent while they were doing all of that," passenger Jessica Garcia told NBC4 in New York.
Air traffic controllers then diverted the Boeing 767-300ER, with 180 passengers and 11 crew members aboard, to Boston’s Logan International Airport, where it landed safely.
A flight attendant and a passenger were injured, however, and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital according to the Boston Globe.
“The flight encountered turbulence on approach into Boston and a small number of customers who complained of nausea and possible minor injuries were evaluated by airport paramedics,” Delta spokesman Michael Thomas told the Globe.
One passenger told NBC4 that it felt like “King Kong picked up the plane and shook it like there was no tomorrow."
The flight later resumed and flew from Boston to Newark.
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