On Wednesday, Lufthansa 469 did not make it past Washington, DC due to unexpected heavy turbulence that injured passengers and crew members onboard and caused a sudden drop in altitude that sent items flying through the cabin.
Lufthansa Flight Diverts To Washington Dulles After Severe Turbulence
On March 1, 2023 LH469 took off from Austin (AUS), bound for Frankfurt (FRA) utilizing an Airbus A330-300. While flying over Tennessee, in the midst of dinner service, the aircraft hit severe and unexpected turbulence and suddenly dropped.
That sent meals, bags…and passengers who had not buckled up flying through the cabin. Some who were not wearing their seatbelt, hit their heads on the cabin ceiling. One passneger told The Washington Post:
“I seriously thought we were going to die.”
She also recounted how when the turbulence hit, a baby flew out of a bassinet, forcing a mother to literally jump in the air to catch it.
A first-hand account shared by Camila Alves McConaughey, the Brazilian model and wife of actor Matthew McConaughey, notes injuries that occurred onboard:
On Flight last night, plane dropped almost 4000 feet, 7 people went to the hospital, Everything was flying everywhere. To respect the privacy of those around me that’s all I am showing but the plane was a CHAOS And the turbulence keep on coming.
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The captain later remarked that the “unanticipated” storm pattern over Tennessee.
After the plane diverted to Dulles, passengers were put up at the Marriott Hotel outside the terminal and continued their journey yesterday.
The incident is a great reminder that even when seated and when the seatbelt light is off, we should leave our seatbelts fastened while seated.
No, Lufthansa is not starting an Eighth Freedom flight between Austin and Washington, DC. Instead, a horrific pocket of unexpected turbulence was so severe that it forced a diversion, throwing the cabin into disarray and ultimately sending seven to the hospital.
Let’s use this story as a reminder to always buckle up when seated.
images: @ModerMuna/Twitter (center) // @camilamcconaughey/Instagram (right and left)