3 Injured As Delta Air Lines Airbus A321 Hits Turbulence

  • Delta A350

    Delta Air Lines

    IATA / ICAO Code:
    DL / DAL

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub (s):
    Boston Logan International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1929

    Alliance:
    SkyTeam

    CEO:
    Ed Bastian

    Country:
    United States

Three passengers were injured aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Orlando to Salt Lake City. The injuries resulted from turbulence during the flight’s cruise portion. The flight continued to Salt Lake City, where it landed safely. Once in the terminal, the three passengers were greeted by paramedics. After being treated, two passengers were released while paramedics took the other to the nearest hospital. The aircraft remained in Salt Lake City for roughly two hours before resuming its flight schedule. The airline reported that the plane encountered minor turbulence, which caused the injuries of the three passengers.

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Rough air

On Friday, August 26th, a Delta Air Lines Airbus A321 registered N344DN was used to fly Delta flight DL-394. The aircraft departed Orlando International Airport (MCO) at 14:17 ET. The flight landed at Salt Lake International Airport (SLC) at 16:53 MT. During the cruise portion of the flight at flight level 340, the aircraft encountered turbulence which caused three passengers to become injured. The pilots completed the flight and made a safe landing at SLC.

The Delta Air Lines flight landed safely in Salt Lake City Photo: Getty Images

All six crew members and 143 passengers were accounted for in SLC. The injured passengers were met in the terminal by airport paramedics. Two of the injured passengers were treated by the paramedics and released in the terminal. The third was transported to the local hospital. The aircraft remained at SLC for roughly two hours before it resumed its scheduled route.


The airline addressed the incident in a public statement. A spokesperson for the airline reported that the aircraft experienced minor turbulence in flight. This turbulence caused the injuries of the three passengers. The airline did not comment on what specifically occurred onboard the aircraft to cause the injuries, nor did it comment on the type of injuries sustained. Simple Flying has reached out to the airline regarding the specific cause of the injuries. This article will be updated once a response has been received.

Turbulent hazards

This incident was one of several that occur yearly, where passengers become injured in the cabin due to turbulence. Turbulence rarely jeopardizes the safety of flight for modern airliners. Even in severe turbulence, pilots have specific guidelines they follow to ensure that the aircraft continues to fly safely without the risk of any structural damage. While the plane may continue to fly in a safe and controllable manner, passengers and cabin crew are subject to various hazards within the cabin that become prevalent in the presence of turbulence.


Some of the most common hazards in airplane cabins include falling luggage, falling over / tripping while moving about the cabin, and runaway snack carts. When an aircraft encounters significant turbulence, it is not uncommon for people to trip and fall while walking to or from the lavatory. Occasionally, but rarely and only in severe turbulence, overhead luggage compartments may spring open, allowing their contents to fall on the unsuspecting passengers below. Snack carts have also been known to injure the arms and legs of passengers in aisle seats.

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Remaining cautious

While the airline has not stated what exactly caused the injuries, it is an excellent reminder to all passengers to stay safe while they travel. It is essential to ensure overhead storage bins are firmly locked when closed. It is also wise for passengers to keep their arms and legs out of the aisle during flight and have sure footing while moving about the cabin.


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Source: The Aviation Herald

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