Five people suffered unspecified injuries when a Delta Airlines flight headed from Southern California to Seattle encountered severe turbulence and was forced to make an emergency landing in Reno. The flight departed around 7:40 p.m. and arrived in Seattle at 9:22 p.m., according to FlightAware.
Passengers were expected to be taken to Seattle on another flight, an airline spokesperson told KCPQ.
"We can confirm that two customers and one flight attendant were transported to the hospital for evaluation, but I can't speak to the extent of the injuries at this time", McCoy said.
That kind of severe turbulence is, "Something you just you just fly into without warning", says Peter Gall, Ph.D. who has logged more than 16,000 hours in the cockpit of US Airways jets, "and you don't see it and you just run into it that is usually a short or small, isolated area".
Passengers in the back of the plane could not believe what they were seeing, "I saw the drink card hit the ceiling, along with the flight attendant who was doing the drink service". Three of the injured passengers were taken to the hospital after landing. In a separate post, Justice wrote the plane "did a nose dive, twice", but commended the crew for managing the situation.
She said: "Delta 5673 because of turbulence flight diverted to Reno today".
"Delta is making resources available to take care of and support our customers", the airline said in a statement to NBC News.