Flight attendant in hospital after severe turbulence shakes plane
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A United Airlines flight attendant was in a "serious condition" in hospital on Wednesday after severe turbulence shook a plane travelling from Houston to LaGuardia Airport in New York.
The incident occurred shortly after takeoff from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Tuesday night. The plane diverted to Louisiana and landed at Lake Charles Regional Airport.
Two other people were treated in hospital after the incident, which is thought to have been caused by storms that swept through Texas on Tuesday night, causing flights from Houston to be delayed and diverted.
Passenger Jeff Hornback told Fox News:"We were about 30 minutes into the flight and the flight attendants were preparing to serve drinks. Right about that time we hit some really severe turbulence and ... the flight attendants flew up and hit the ceiling of the plane and immediately were slammed down to the floor of the plane."
He added, "I heard both the pilot and a flight attendant say that they had been flying for 20 or 30 years and had never seen anything like what they saw today."
Meanwhile, it seems turbulence isn't the only occupational hazard for flight attendants; back in May, a Ryanair flight attendant was treated for head injuries after falling three metres from the plane's exit door while the aircraft was preparing for take-off at Gothenburg City Airport in Sweden.
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