- A regional Delta Air Lines flight to Seattle was forced to make an emergency landing in Nevada on Wednesday after it hit turbulence. Three people were taken to the hospital, a spokeswoman said.
- A video of the cabin shared by a passenger showed a drinks cart turned on its side and the aisle filled with snacks and cans.
- The passenger said the plane experienced “crazy turbulence” and thanked the plane’s crew.
- The National Weather Service had issued a storm warning over parts of California and Nevada as an “atmospheric river” moved over the West Coast, bringing floods and snow.
A video shows the mess on a regional Delta Air Lines flight to Seattle on Wednesday that was forced to make an emergency landing in Nevada as an “atmospheric river” brought strong winds, rain, and snow to the western US.
Joe Justice, a passenger on the plane, shared a video clip of the cabin that showed a drinks cart turned on its side and the aisle filled with snacks and cans. In the video, a passenger appears to comfort another across the aisle while another picks up a tray.
Justice tweeted that the plane experienced “crazy turbulence” but that the crew “handled it perfectly.”
— I switched my account to @JoeJustice (@JoeJustice0) February 13, 2019
The flight, operated by Compass Airlines, a regional Delta carrier, was travelling to Seattle from Orange County, California, but it was forced to divert to Reno, Nevada, because of “severe turbulence,” a Compass Airlines spokeswoman, Cartiay McCoy, told Business Insider.
There were 70 passengers and four crew members on the flight. Two passengers and one flight attendant were brought to the hospital “for evaluation,” McCoy said, adding that “the aircraft landed safely, and customers exited normally through the main cabin door.”
Passengers were brought to Seattle on another flight, and customers would be refunded.
“We are currently reviewing the event at this time and have not concluded our report,” McCoy said.
Delta did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Justice also shared pictures of the cabin that appeared to show liquids splashed onto the ceiling.
Justice offered his “gratitude and professional respect” to the crew.
An ‘atmospheric river’ hits the western US
The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a winter-storm warning over parts of California and Nevada as an “atmospheric river” moved over the West Coast.
The NWS warned of floods and snow, while AccuWeather said the storm would “raise the risk of life-threatening flash flooding, mudslides and avalanches across California” as the state is “bombarded with heavy rain and fluctuating snow levels through Thursday night.”
The NWS describes atmospheric rivers as “relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky – that transport most of the water vapour outside of the tropics.”
These rivers release this moisture as rain or snow when they meet land.
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 14, 2019
Some areas in Southern California were under mandatory evacuation orders on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported, and people have been warned that they may face power outages and limited public services.
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