3 hospitalized after severe turbulence on Seattle-bound flight


A flight bound for Seattle made an emergency landing in Reno Wednesday afternoon after severe turbulence. Two passengers and a flight attendant were hospitalized after the incident.

The parent company of Compass Airlines did not elaborate on the extent of the injuries. They released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“Compass Airlines flight 5763 operating as Delta Connection from Orange County, CA to Seattle diverted to Reno after encountering severe turbulence. The aircraft landed safely and customers exited normally through the main cabin door. Delta is making resources available to take care of and support our customers. Customers will be refunded and accommodated on an alternate flight to Seattle that is scheduled to depart at approximately 5:00 p.m. local time.”

Footage from passenger Joe Justice of Scrum, Inc. shows an airplane cart flipped over in the aisle with food and drinks strewed about.

Joe Justice tweeted about the incident: “Crazy turbulence and injuries, but the @ delta crew handled it perfectly, even the emergency landing.”

He said in a follow-up tweet that the plane “did a nose dive, twice,” and emphasized that the crew “was amazing in this rough situation.”

Plane-tracking website Flight Aware shows that Compass Airlines Flight #5763 left John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California at 11:44 a.m. and landed at Reno/Tahoe International Airport at 1:05 p.m.

Compass Airlines operates on behalf of Delta Airlines and American Airlines, according to their website.