Video of one of the passengers phone shows the chaos on board the flight 5763.
A Delta Air Lines flight– operated by Compass Airlines– from Southern California to Seattle was forced to make an emergency landing in Nevada on Wednesday after hitting “severe turbulence” that caused a chaotic scene on board and three people to the hospital.
Flight 5763 had to leave Orange County with 59 passengers and 4 crew members on board, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. The turbulence was so bad halfway through the flight that it causes a flight attendant’s beverage cart to flip in the aisle and scare away the shelves and the contents, according to Joe Justice, a passenger on board.
Dave pierre macias, a traveller said: “We just saw the beverage cart to go in the air. The flight attendant was tossed around like a rag doll. It was wild.”
Justice posted a video of the chaotic scene after the plane had made an emergency landing in Reno, Nev. The video showed the flipped beverage cart along with the passengers items in total disarray.
Justice said that the plane “did a nose-dive, two times,” but praised the crew for handling the situation “perfectly, even the emergency landing.”
Five passengers sustained unspecified injuries, 3 of them are treated in a hospital after the aircraft had landed, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. The non-injured passengers were treated to pizza and soft drinks while waiting for the next flight to their original destination, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport said in a statement. Fox News by e-mail
Delta later a statement apologizing for the incident and promised to get his passengers safely to their original destination.
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The National Weather Service in Reno had warned previously of big winter storms by the end of the week and into the weekend, “bring the area wide heavy rain, snow and strong winds.”