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Two Flights Landing at Dulles Encounter Severe Turbulence Just Minutes Apart

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | July 12, 2015

Two Flights Landing at Dulles Encounter Severe Turbulence Just Minutes Apart

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Two United flights on final approach to Washington Dulles International Airport Saturday were blindsided by severe turbulence just minutes apart, causing injuries, ABC News reported.

The first to be affected was United Airlines Flight 1597, just 20 minutes from touchdown after a journey from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fliers were still allowed to move about the cabin when the turbulence hit, so one woman was injured waiting for the lavatory, and two flight attendants were also hurt.

The pilots called for medical assistance once the Boeing 737 landed, at about 4:48 p.m.

Fourteen minutes later, United Flight 1774 was about to finish a trip from San Francisco when it too was rocked by severe turbulence. The pilot initially requested EMS, but canceled the call when it became apparent that no one on the plane was injured.

John Nance, aviation consultant and expert for ABC News said the incidents were “very unusual.”  

“The rare part of this is having people thrown around and possibly injured in two different airplanes going through the same patch of turbulent skies at the same time,” he commented.

According to ABC News, the Federal Aviation Administration says around 58 people are injured by turbulence on U.S. flights per year, mostly due to not wearing their seatbelt. 

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