Last updated: 09:38 AM ET, Thu March 31 2016

Two Attendants Injured after American Eagle Flight Hits Turbulence

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 31, 2016

Two Attendants Injured after American Eagle Flight Hits Turbulence

Regional airline American Eagle had two of its crew members injured after one of the planes in the company’s fleet hit turbulence Wednesday, throwing the employees into the ceiling.

According to, American Eagle Flight 3358 was en route from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Memphis International Airport when storms forced the plane to divert to Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas.

During the storm, severe turbulence caused one of the beverage carts to flip, temporarily trapping a flight attendant underneath. A passenger onboard, Don Paul, told, “This guy behind me, he's saying, 'Are we going down? Are we going down?' He goes, 'I have kids.' I look back and say, 'Sir, this aircraft is 100 percent safe and everything is fine.’”

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The American Eagle flight managed to land safely in Little Rock at 12:02 p.m. local time, and while there were no injuries to any passengers, two flight attendants were transported to a local hospital before being released a short time later.

Another passenger on the flight, Casey Green, told NBC News, “The American pilot should be commended. He went out of his way to reiterate multiple times during the flight that the air was particularly rough and practically begged people to make sure seat belts were on. This pilot deserves credit.”


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