Two passengers and two flight attendants were injured on an Allegiant Airlines flight from Asheville to St. Pete-Clearwater Airport on Monday evening due to severe turbulence.
The flight, which was carrying 146 passengers, encountered turbulence about 20 minutes before landing. Passengers reported that the plane dropped suddenly, causing people to be thrown from their seats.
One passenger, who asked not to be identified, told FOX 13 that her wife was injured when she was thrown from her seat into an overhead bin. The woman suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Another passenger, who identified himself as John Smith, said that he saw a flight attendant hit her head on the ceiling when the plane dropped. The flight attendant was also taken to the hospital for treatment.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the incident.
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Allegiant Airlines Statement on Flight 536
Allegiant Airlines is deeply concerned about the passengers and crew who were injured on Flight 536 on Monday evening. The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority, and we are working with the FAA and NTSB to investigate the matter.
We are working to provide support to the injured passengers and crew, and we are grateful for the first responders who helped to care for them. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more about the incident.
We apologize for the experience our passengers had on Flight 536, and we are committed to ensuring the safety of all of our flights.
The incident is a reminder of the dangers of severe turbulence. Passengers are advised to stay seated with their seatbelts fastened during all phases of flight, even when the seatbelt sign is not illuminated.
If you experience severe turbulence, it is important to remain calm and follow the instructions of the flight crew.