Authorities look into severe turbulence on flight

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal authorities are looking into severe turbulence that triggered "pandemonium" aboard a United Airlines flight into Billings, Mont., and sent five people to hospitals with injuries.

Passenger Ejay Old Bull of Billings says drinks had just been served and passengers were moving around the cabin when flight 1676 began to lurch violently about 55 minutes after it left Denver.

Old Bull says he watched the unrestrained woman next to him crash into the luggage bin overhead and briefly lose consciousness, while a crew member got bounced around in the galley just behind his seat.

United Airlines spokesman Luke Punzenberger told The Denver Post that three crew members and two passengers were taken to hospitals for injuries.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams says authorities are looking into the severity of the injuries and whether the Boeing 737 involved suffered any damage.