Flight Attendant Remains in Hospital After United Airlines Emergency Landing in Lake Charles
A flight attendant remains in serious condition after United Airlines Boeing 737-700 made an emergency landing at around 9 p.m. Tuesday night. The airplane was diverted to Lake Charles Regional Airport after three flight attendants were injured after the plane experienced severe turbulence. Flight 1632 was bound for New York’s LaGaurdia Airport from Houston Intercontinental Airport, contained 88 passengers and crew. The Lake Charles airport was notified at 8:26 p.m. that the plane was 20 miles away, it eventually touched down at 8:41 p.m.
From the American Press: Heath Allen the airport executive director said,”Three crew members were taken to the hospital when the plan landed, and three passengers were taken after the plane was emptied.”
Allen was also reported stating, “The pilot reported hitting severe turbulence at 22,000 feet over Houston and decided to head toward Lake Charles, the closest regional airport. From what I understand from passengers and talking to the captain, as they were climbing the flight attendants were up and moving about the cabin preparing for their routine. The aircraft dropped and the flight attendants went up into the air and hit the ceiling of the aircraft, and then were slammed down to the floor.”
He continued, “Diversions happen fairly often, but not medical emergencies of this magnitude. This is the first time in recent history that several people have had to go to the hospital because of turbulence.”
Airline spokeswoman Mary Ryan said, “Wednesday that no one suffered any life-threatening injuries. We are conducting a review on what happened inside the aircraft,” she said. “I can’t characterize the extent of the injuries, but the safety of our passengers and our crew is our top priority.”
Allen also said two mechanics and additional flight crew were ferried in on a flight bound for Lake Charles.
He said some of the passengers on the diverted flight spent the night in Lake Charles and took an alternate flight Wednesday morning.
Hospital Spokesman Matt Felder reported, “Five of the six were treated for injuries and released.”
Stay tuned to know more about the condition of the attendant and more updates as they come to us here at KISS FM.