Turbulence that injured West Palm Beach-bound flight attendant unavoidable

Turbulence that injured West Palm Beach-bound flight attendant unavoidable

By Eliot Kleinberg

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Posted: 4:50 p.m. Thursday, July 22, 2010

Turbulence on a commercial flight to West Palm Beach that left one flight attendant with a broken back was “inadvertent” and unavoidable, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The NTSB issued its “probable cause” report on the March 11 incident this afternoon.
Delta Airlines Flight 2425 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport struck two seconds of turbulence 24,000 feet over the Space Coast, sending three of five flight attendants sprawling.

Flight attendant Marybeth Quinn told NTSB investigators she suffered a compression fracture of the vertebra when she was flung around the plane’s galley.
As of June 1, she had been unable to return to work, according to federal documents and her union. Her current status couldn’t be learned today.
The Airbus A319-114 landed safely. None of its 134 passengers was hurt.

The two pilots had told NTSB investigators the flight had experienced light and sometimes moderate turbulence throughout the flight but had calmed down just before the jolt.
Turbulence occurs on just about every flight, and it’s usually minor. But each year, an average of 58 people are hurt by turbulence while not wearing their seat belts.

A Delta spokesperson did not return a call for comment.
eliot_kleinberg@pbpost.com

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