Horrifying video captured severe turbulence on a plane en route from Pristina, Kosovo, to Basel, Switzerland. The video shows a flight attendant being slammed into the ceiling as a passenger begins to pray in fear.
The terrifying turbulence caused the flight attendant’s drink cart to go flying soaking nearby passengers in the incident. Passengers can be heard screaming in the video during what was described by AKA Airlines as a “downward impulse”.
ALK Airlines confirmed to ABC News that the turbulence was expected and the flight attendant was trying to “collect all drinks and full glasses from passengers” before the severe turbulence occurred.
According to a spokesperson for EuroAirport, 10 passengers were sent to local hospitals in Basel that suffered from minor injuries.
This footage captured by Mirjeta Basha, told Swiss paper 20 Minutes the turbulence during the ALK Airlines flight started 30 minutes after takeoff and lasted at least five minutes.
Another passenger claimed that seats had been torn away from the anchors because of the violent turbulence.
ALK Airlines says the flight attendant from the video is still in “absolutely good health.”
Minor turbulence is common on flights and airlines try to avoid it as much as possible. Experts say turbulence is a harmless and often unavoidable part of flying.
Here are some turbulence tips to keep in mind the next time you fly.
- Keep your seat belt fastened at all times
- Sit as close to the front of the plane as possible
- Stow all loose items
- Keep washroom breaks brief
- Use distraction techniques such as on board entertainment
- Take deep breaths
- Breathe through a straw to avoid hyperventilating
- Keep your tray table up when not in use
- Massage your pressure points
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