Keeping your seatbelt on while seated on an airplane may seem like an unnecessary inconvenience, but there's a reason for that precaution, as the crew and passengers on an easyJet flight from Gatwick to Naples learned on Monday.
Flight 8529 hit an air pocket, causing such severe turbulence that three flight crew members' heads hit the plane's roof, according to a passenger who said one broke a hip and another was knocked unconscious.
"We nose-dived. All three cabin crew hit the ceiling," David Westbrooke, who was en route to his honeymoon with his wife, told The London Evening Standard.
"It was terrifying — what a start to married life," he said. "One stewardess said this was by far the worst she had experienced,"
"There was a baby crying and people screaming and being sick." said Lucy Westbrooke, according to Mirror.co.uk
The plane had 154 passengers and six crew on board, and was diverted to Rome Fiumicino Airport due to thunderstorms in Naples, according to easyJet.
"The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority and our pilots are highly trained to manage turbulence," a spokesperson told Mashable.
"Unfortunately due to the turbulence one of our crew sustained an injury, and as such were met by paramedics upon arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport in line with our procedures
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After the aircraft landed in Rome, passengers were transported to Naples by coach, according to the airline.
"easyJet would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience caused," the airline spokesperson said.