SEE IT: Wild turbulence slams flight attendant into plane ceiling, drenches passengers with scalding water, sends 10 to hospital
A violent jolt slammed a flight attendant into an airplane’s ceiling, sent drinks flying and drenched passengers in scalding water as an ALK Airlines Boeing 737 hit turbulence over France.
Passenger Mirjeta Basha caught video of the jarring incident that took place on the Bulgarian charter airline.
“People started screaming and crying,” Basha told the Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten, according to Marketwatch. “A flight attendant slammed her trolley on the ceiling. Cups flew around, some were scalded by hot water.”
Basha said her husband was among those taken to the hospital upon landing.
The video shows everything flying around in a blur, after which a woman in the frame, dripping wet, clenches her hands and appears to be praying.
Other reports said that seats were ripped from their moorings, but the airline denied that.
ALK was flying from Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, to EuroAirport Basel, an airport in France near Switzerland and Germany, according to Marketwatch.
A EuropAirport spokesman told ABC News that the injuries were minor and that the plane landed without incident.
“The flight from Pristina with airline ALK experienced turbulence in the air around 20 minutes before landing,” the spokesperson told ABC News. “The pilot alerted handling agents so that the airport firemen were immediately on the scene when the plane arrived.”
The airline said that the crew had anticipated the turbulence and was trying to collect all the drinks before it hit.
“The fasten seat belt signs were illuminated at the time of the upset, the flight crew anticipated possible turbulence,” reported The Aviation Herald, quoting the airline. “A strong downdraft occurred and the aircraft deviated slightly from the assigned flight level. The crew immediately afterwards requested a descent (and the aircraft descended to FL320). The aircraft continued for a normal landing, no emergency was declared. Medical assistance was requested after landing, two passengers needed medical assessment. No seats were ripped off at all.”