5 Injured After ‘Severe Turbulence’ on United Airlines Flight Into Houston

Wire Service
By Wire Service
December 19, 2022US News
5 Injured After ‘Severe Turbulence’ on United Airlines Flight Into Houston
A United Airlines plane at a gate at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston on Oct. 7, 2020. (Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

Turbulence on a United Airlines flight traveling into Houston Monday morning sent at least five people to the hospital, airport authorities said in an email to CNN.

United Airlines flight 128 landed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport around 5:30 a.m. local time after traveling from Río de Janeiro, public information officer Augusto Bernal told CNN.

“The flight experienced severe turbulence that resulted in five passengers being transported to the hospital once it landed in Houston,” Bernal said.

The airline said in a statement that the turbulence was unexpected.

“United flight 128 encountered unexpected turbulence while en route to Houston. Upon arrival, two passengers and three crew members were met by medical personnel and taken to a local hospital with minor injuries,” the statement said.

“We’re grateful to our crew for their efforts to ensure the safety of our employees and customers.”

The United flight comes a day after severe turbulence on a Hawaiian Airlines flight led to dozens of injuries.

On Sunday, at least 36 people on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 35 were injured, according to Honolulu Emergency Medical Services, sending 20 people to emergency rooms.

The plane encountered the rough air 30 minutes before landing in Honolulu.

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