We all know it, yet it never makes it easier to deal with when it actually does happen. The seat belt sign flashes on, and the captain’s nonchalant voice comes on the intercom to warn passengers – the plane will soon be entering an area of potential turbulence, and would we please fasten our seatbelts.
The jitters always start out small, with passengers grabbing on to whichever beverage they have on their tray tables, just in case it should get to the point where the glass could tip over.
Usually, it stays to minimum, with the seatbelt sign being turned off within of a few minutes and a couple tremors. What United Flight 935 experienced on Tuesday, with a flight from London to Los Angeles, was much more than the crew and passengers could ever have anticipated.
Reportedly, turbulence was more severe than usual as the plane crossed the Atlantic Ocean. What others found when the plane had to be diverted to Montreal, however, is that the turbulence was indeed so strong to break bones, something that frequent travelers can barely imagine based off of the turbulence usually encountered in trans-Atlantic flights.
Reports indicate that a total of ten people experienced ‘serious injuries’, but that none of them were life-threatening, among the ten afflicted were 9 passengers and one crew member, and that all are expected to make a full recovery.
Upon landing in Montreal, the Boeing 777 was taken from active service and inspected for any damages that could prevent it from flying again. United confirmed that another plane was sent to Montreal to bring passengers back to L.A., and despite quite an inconvenient delay, it is without a doubt that all were happy to see firm ground as well as their homes.