NTSB says turbulent Delta flight seriously injured 2 crew, 2 passengers

As storms rolled into Atlanta, the Airbus A350 flew into ‘a small white cloud’ and dropped suddenly
Delta's Airbus A350. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

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Delta's Airbus A350. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

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An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into a Delta flight with severe turbulence last month found two passengers and two crew members were seriously injured, along with 13 others who had minor injuries.

The NTSB’s preliminary report released Thursday said Delta Flight 175 from Milan was descending to land at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on the evening of Aug. 29 with the seatbelt sign on.

That evening, thunderstorms were coming into the Atlanta area. Pilots on the Airbus A350 discussed a deviated route with air traffic control and “noticed a small white cloud” ahead but did not see “any significant turbulence indications on their Flight Weather Viewer application,” according to the report.

A pilot notified flight attendants that they may encounter turbulence in about 5 minutes, “and suggested they complete their duties within that time,” according to the report.

But within about 4 minutes, the aircraft encountered severe turbulence within the cloud.

A passenger posted on social media that people went flying up from their seats when the aircraft suddenly dropped.

The flight crew was notified of injuries in the cabin and declared an emergency. They requested emergency medical services upon arrival in Atlanta, the NTSB report said.

About 11 people were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

In addition to the four serious injuries, there were eight crew members with minor injuries and five passengers with minor injuries, according to the NTSB. The remaining four crew members and 144 passengers were not injured.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the NTSB.

Delta said it “continues to fully cooperate with the National Transportation Safety Board in their investigation.”

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