Posted on Monday, 11.19.12
Turbulence on Cuba-Italy flight leaves 30 bruised
The Associated Press
ROME -- An airliner flying from Havana to Milan abruptly plunged some
1,000 meters (3,300 feet) when it hit unusually strong turbulence over
the Atlantic on Monday, terrifying passengers and leaving some 30 people
aboard with bruises and scrapes, airline officials said.
The flight continued to Milan's Malpensa airport after the plane's
captain determined that it suffered no structural damage and two
passengers who are physicians found no serious injuries, Giulio Buzzi,
head of the pilots division at Neos Air, told Sky TG24 TV.
The ANSA news agency quoted bruised passenger Edoardo De Lucchi as
saying meals were being served when suddenly there was ''10 seconds of
terror." He recounted how plates went flying and some passengers not
wearing seatbelts bounced about.
Buzzi had said that the drop measured some 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) in
a cloudless sky. But Milan daily's Corriere della Sera's web site,
quoting Neos official Davide Martini, later reported that the plane
first bounced up some 500 meters (1,650 feet), then dropped some 1,000
meters (3,300 feet) to some 500 meters (1,650 feet) below the original