‘People were hitting the ceiling!’ Fourteen BA passengers need medical treatment after extreme turbulence shakes cabin on flight from London to Florida
- Flight took off from London Gatwick and due to land in Tampa Bay, in Florida
- Ollie Richmond filmed onboard after severe turbulence shocked passengers
- A spokesman for British Airways confirmed the issue was not a fault with plane
A number of passengers were examined by medical staff after severe turbulence on a British Airways flight from London to Florida.
The flight took off from London Gatwick last night and was headed to Tampa Bay, Florida, when according to one passenger, the plane suddenly dropped without warning.
Ollie Richmond, who was on the flight, filmed the aftermath of the incident and put it on social media.
He said: ‘Crazy scenes on the #BA2166 LGW to TPA today. Plane dropped suddenly without warning – loads of people hitting the ceiling!
‘Was like something out a film! Lots of people sent to hospital. Well done staff for managing the situation well!’
Ollie Richmond was on the flight to Tampa Bay, Florida, and filmed the aftermath of the turbulence
After the severe turbulence luggage and magazines could be seen on the floor of the plane
Mr Richmond showed what appeared to be some damage to one of the grates of an air vent
At the start of the footage a number of newspapers and bits of luggage can be seen on the floor, as passengers look on, concerned.
As the camera phone pans round an air grate in the ceiling of the plane appears to have been dislodged.
The short clip continues and the passenger sat next to Mr Richmond says ‘oh my god.’
A number of pieces of luggage can be seen on the floor of the plane, as shocked passengers chat among themselves.
Mr Richmond added in a further post on Twitter that he attended hospital with his pregnant wife after the incident.
Fourteen passengers were seen by medical staff as a precaution.
A spokesman for BA said the plane was suffering from severe turbulence, and it was not a fault with the plane or a technical issue.
They added: ‘Safety is our always our number one priority, and our cabin crew did everything they could to look after our customers after experiencing unexpected severe turbulence.
‘They asked paramedics to meet the aircraft and some customers were examined by medical staff as a precaution.’
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