A trio of flight attendants and a passenger were taken to a Salt Lake City hospital after a Southwest Airlines 737 experienced turbulence prior to landing.
Turbulence On Southwest Airlines Prompts Hospitalizations
Southwest Airlines Flight 1753 from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Salt Lake City (SLC) hit turbulence just prior to landing in Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday afternoon. Four onboard, including one passenger and three flight attendants, sustained injuries.
A Southwest spokesperson downplayed the incident:
“Southwest Flight 1753 on approach to Salt Lake City this Friday afternoon (after flying from Chicago Midway) experienced moderate turbulence. Fasten seat belt signage was illuminated when the aircraft encountered the turbulence. Our initial reports indicate that, following an uneventful landing of the aircraft, three Flight Attendants and One Customer were treated for minor injuries.”
But a spokesperson for Salt Lake City Airport noted that ambulances transported the four people to a local hospital, suggesting the the incident was no so minor, even if done out of an abundance of caution.
It is not clear if the injured passenger was seated without a seat belt when the turbulence occurred or out of their seat.
Reminder: Buckle Up When Seated
Sometimes turbulence is expected and passengers can be warned, but sometimes it suddenly rears its ugly head.
If you do not do so already, make it a habit no matter the flight, no matter what cabin you are flying in, to buckle up when seated. It’s a simple, generally unobtrusive way to avoid potential injury. Consider it complimentary insurance.
Even a loosely-bucked seat belt is better than noting at all.
I wish the victims a speed recovery and offer this as another lesson that buckling up when seated on an airplane is purely common sense. These incidents always remind us that we can take reasonable steps to minimize potential physical harm onboard.