Showing posts with label cabin safety incidents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cabin safety incidents. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Continental Airlines flight attendants injured in turbulence - Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue On the afternoon of Monday, June 30, 2008, three Continental Airlines flight attendants were injured in flight during the cruise phase of a flight between Houston and Fort Lauderdale. The incident happened when Continental Flight COA1448, a Boeing 737-300 aircraft, encountered turbulence at 31,000 ft above the Gulf of Mexico.

The Sun-Sentinel identified the injured flight attendants as Newark-based crew, and reported that their injuries happened when they either fell or hit their heads. News reports, quoting Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles, said that the injured flight attendants were first treated at the gate area after landing, and then taken to Broward General Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No passengers were injured in the incident.

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Monday, June 30, 2008

NetJets flight attendant sues Jennifer Lopez over dog bite, injuries

US District CourtA former NetJets flight attendant filed suit in New York late last week against Jennifer Lopez and her company, Nuyorican Productions, Inc., alleging that a dog belonging to the actress attacked her during a flight between Farmingdale, NY and Burbank, CA on July, 3, 2006. The flight attendant says that the dog, a German shepherd named Floyd, lunged at her as she passed by in the passenger cabin of the Gulfstream IV, and bit her pant leg. When the flight attendant twisted to get away from the dog, she fell, injuring her back.

According to documents filed in court, the flight attendant began treatment for back pain within days of the incident, but was unable to achieve relief from her pain. As a result of the injuries, the flight attendant had to have major surgery on her back in April of 2007, and she continues to undergo treatment.

The lawsuit alleges that the flight attendant's injuries are permanent and will require additional treatment. She has been unable to return to work. She is seeking $5 million in compensation. The flight attendant's attorney was quoted in a number of news reports such as this one in the New York Daily News, saying she is not out to capitalize on J. Lo's celebrity, and had made attempts to settle the case that were ignored. NetJets is not named in the suit.

Predictably, this story quickly went viral, spreading like wildfire around the Internet, especially on celebrity gossip websites. Once that happens, stories begin to mutate and become sensationalized, like an earlier story about Jennifer Lopez and a flight attendant that I wrote about on another blog nearly two years ago.

If you are interested in the details of this incident, I suggest that you read the actual court documents (8-page 'pdf' file), posted to the Internet by, and that you take many of the accounts in the entertainment media with a grain of salt.

My sympathies are with the injured flight attendant.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Cathay Pacific Airways turbulence incident injures eight

Cathay Pacific Airways A330-300On Thursday, June 26, 2008, eight people on a Cathay Pacific Airways flight were injured when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence during its landing descent. The incident happened when Cathay Pacific Flight CX708 , an Airbus A330-300 with 241 passengers and 12 crew on board, was within minutes of landing at Hong Kong after a scheduled flight from Bangkok.

According to several news reports, five passengers and one flight attendant were treated at Princess Margaret Hospital hospital for minor injuries and released. Two other cabin crew members remained in the hospital with more serious injuries.

An article about the turbulence incident on quoted a statement from Cathay Pacific, which said that "Flight CX708 encountered the turbulence when the 'fasten seatbelt' sign had been illuminated about 12 minutes prior to landing." The captain sent a message about the incident, so that ambulances were waiting to transport the injured as soon as the aircraft landed.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

JetBlue passenger behaves badly -- REALLY badly

Hardly a week goes by when there are no reports in the news about passengers behaving badly in flight (and we all know that many such stories never get reported by the press). A recent story about a disruptive passenger on a JetBlue flight seemed worse than most. Of course, as is so often the case, the incident centered on an intoxicated passenger.

JetBlue AirwaysOn June 17, 2008, a 35 year old woman passenger on JetBlue Flight JBU643 decided to smoke a cigarette during the transcontinental flight between New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO). She was seated in an exit row on the Airbus A320, and that is where she reportedly lit up.

When a flight attendant intervened, asking the woman to extinguish the cigarette, she allegedly became belligerent and abusive. She was forcibly moved to a seat away from the exit row and was restrained. In fact, she was restrained twice, since she managed to break free the first time. In the course of the altercation, the intoxicated passenger allegedly punched a JetBlue flight attendant in the jaw, and also shouted abusive language at him, including racial slurs.

The flight was diverted to Denver International Airport, where the belligerent woman was arrested. All the awful details of this incident can be found in the FBI affidavit posted on

Friday, May 16, 2008

Flight attendant allegedly sets fire to aircraft lavatory

newspaper iconThis is just mind boggling: Remember the recent story about the in-flight fire in a lavatory on a Compass Airlines plane? It turns out that one of the flight attendants working the flight allegedly set the fire intentionally.

When the news broke yesterday I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a sensationalized rumor. But now the Associated Press is reporting that not only has the young man been arrested, but he also has confessed to the FBI that he started the fire. In fact, he made his first court appearance yesterday, and has been ordered held without bail.

The AP article, citing court documents as a source, claims that the 19-year old flight attendant "told authorities he was upset at the airline for making him work the route." He brought a lighter on board the flight he was working. The lighter was later found inside an overhead bin. Court documents say that as "he was preparing his cart to serve the passengers, he set the cart up, went back to the lavatory and reached in with his right hand and lit the paper towels with the lighter."

A short time later an indicator was activated on the flight deck, showing smoke near the rear lavatory. A pilot alerted the flight attendant to check the lavatory. Both flight attendants then used fire extinguishers to put out the fire. Yes, that's right -- the flight attendant who allegedly started the fire then had a heroic role in extinguishing it.

The aircraft, which had been en route from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan, diverted to Fargo for an emergency landing. Fortunately no one on board the aircraft was injured.

The thoughtless bonehead flight attendant has been formally charged with setting fire aboard a civil aircraft. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cabin fumes cause Air Canada flight diversion

Air Canada A321-200Earlier this week, an Air Canada flight en route from Vancouver to Ottawa diverted to Winnipeg due to what news reports variously referred to as smoke or "an electrical odor" inside the aircraft's cabin. The incident occurred on Monday, May 12, 2008, on board an Airbus A321-200 aircraft, operating as Air Canada Flight ACA138. The aircraft made a safe emergency landing at Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg.

The Winnipeg Sun quoted an Air Canada official who said that one flight attendant required medical attention after breathing in fumes. No one else was injured. The incident was attributed to "a malfunction in the electrical system." Other news reports specified that the fault was in a fan motor.

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Flight attendants fight in-flight fire on Northwest Airlink regional jet

Compass Northwest AirlinkA fire broke out in a lavatory on a Compass Airlines Embraer 175 regional jet, operating as Northwest Airlink Flight CPZ 2040 between Minneapolis-St.Paul and Regina, Saskatchewan on the evening of May 7, 2008. The aircraft diverted to Fargo, North Dakota, where it landed safely. The 72 passengers and four crew members on board were not injured.

According to news reports about the incident, the flight attendants reacted quickly to extinguish the fire. They donned Protective Breathing Equipment (PBE) [smoke hoods] and used fire extinguishers to control the fire , which was in a lavatory in the rear of the aircraft. They also moved passengers forward to an area where the smoke was not as heavy, and prepared the cabin for the emergency landing.

An article about the incident in the Calgary Herald quoted passengers who were on the flight. One man said:

"I heard the commotion, turned around. (There was) a lot of smoke, a lot of people looking really terrified. The next thing you know, the last probably eight or nine rows were running to the front of the plane because of the smoke. Next thing you know they were all sitting in the laps of the people up front ... (A flight attendant) came on (the intercom) and said, 'Electrical fire and we're going to be making an emergency landing.'"
Another passenger said:
"One of the attendants had on big headgear or something and was yelling and running up and down the aisle. Some people were getting up (to help) and they were yelled at and (told) to sit down, put their seat belts on, stay sitting ... We just kept declining fast. I was thankful the pilot, he was great. He went right down, he got us there quick."
According to various news reports, crew members and passengers were interviewed by local police and FBI agents at Fargo's airport. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. The aircraft has been taken out of service.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Several injured in severe turbulence incident on United Airlines DEN-PHX flight

United Airlines A320Earlier this week, a United Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence while en route from Denver to Phoenix. Several people on board were injured, including at least one flight attendant.

The incident happened on the evening of Tuesday, April 15, 2008 on United Flight UAL 1427, an Airbus A320 aircraft. According to news reports, the turbulence began about 30 minutes after the aircraft departed Denver International Airport. The aircraft turned back to Denver where it landed safely.

The FAA's preliminary report about this turbulence incident provides few details, however descriptions of what happened have appeared in several news media reports. An article on IN-Forum News included an account of the scene given by Mr. Keith Holland, who was a passenger on the flight:

...When the Airbus A320 hit cruising speed, the seat-belt sign was turned off, flight attendants started serving drinks and Holland began working on his laptop.

Then there was a bump caused by turbulence, which seemed normal at first, Holland said.

But when he looked out the window from his aisle seat, Holland saw the plane tilted to the right – “the wing was tipped to the ground. I could see the ground.”

The beverage cart bounced around and the drinks and cups spilled out, he said. One flight attendant was thrown to the ceiling and passengers’ personal belongings – including Holland’s laptop – flew into the air.

After the laptop hit the overhead compartment, “I pulled it to my chest and held it hard,” which caused some sore ribs, he said. “The flight attendant was bouncing along like a ping-pong ball.”
Mr. Holland added that the flight attendant who hit the ceiling recovered enough to continue working on the way back to Denver, but that another flight attendant required medical attention. He also observed a passenger with "a bloody face" who, he said, "needed paramedics to help her off the plane."

An article about the turbulence incident on the website of Denver television channel CBS 4 mentioned that one passenger and one flight attendant who were injured were hospitalized. The CBS 4 article includes a video clip that includes comments from a passenger who was on board UAL Flight 1427.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Cabin fire aboard Etihad Airways A330

News media in the Middle East are reporting that a fire erupted aboard an Etihad Airways A330-200 aircraft while it was in flight. According to the Gulf News, the incident happened on March 13, 2008 during the cruise phase of a flight between Dhaka, Bangladesh and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cabin crew were able to extinguish the fire, and no injuries were reported amongst the 231 passengers, two pilots and 11 cabin crew on board the flight. The flight continued to Abu Dhabi, where it landed safely.

The Gulf News article about the incident quoted Iain Burns, vice-president of corporate communications for Etihad Airways, who explained that a passenger had lit a cigarette inside one of the aircraft's lavatories, and that the cigarette then ignited some toilet paper. The lavatory's smoke detector alarm activated, and the cabin crew responded. Mr. Burns said that "the flames were swiftly extinguished by our alert, calm and expertly-trained cabin crew."

In their story about the in-flight fire, the Khaleej Times noted that the passenger who started the fire "was not arrested on arrival at the Abu Dhabi International Airport but has been banned by Etihad from further travel with it." The passenger was not named.

Congratulations to the Etihad cabin crew for a job well done.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Turbulence incident seriously injures Mesa flight attendant

Mesa Air Group logoA Mesa Airlines flight attendant was severely injured last month when the flight on which she was working encountered serious turbulence over Colorado. She was knocked unconscious, and suffered spinal injuries that required surgery.

The incident happened on the morning of February 3, 2008 aboard a DeHavilland DHC-8-202 (Dash-8) turboprop aircraft. The aircraft, operated by Mesa Airlines as Air Shuttle Flight ASH 7106, was approaching Denver on a scheduled flight from Casper, WY when it encountered "serious turbulence."

According to a preliminary report about the incident issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

... the flight was descending on the RAMMS 5 STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival Route) and was encountering "light chop." Approximately 5 miles inside RAMMS intersection, as it was descending from 14,000 feet to 13,000 feet, the flight encountered severe turbulence.

The captain called the flight attendant on the intercom, but she did not answer. An emergency medical technician (EMT), who was a passenger on the flight, answered and reported the flight attendant was lying on the floor unconscious.

The EMT and an off-duty United flight attendant tended to the injured flight attendant. The captain declared an emergency and the airplane landed at DEN. The flight attendant was transported to a hospital where she underwent surgery for several fractured vertebrae. [NTSB ID:DEN08LA055]
The NTSB notes that the captain suffered "minor injuries" in the same incident, however there were no injuries to the first officer and 19 passengers aboard the flight.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Disruptive Delta passenger offloaded, jailed in Bangor

Delta Airlines Flight DL176, a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, diverted to Bangor, ME on the evening of February 29, 2008 due to a disruptive passenger. The flight had been en route from Atlanta to Dublin, Ireland when a male passenger became unruly, assaulted another passenger, and made threatening statements. He was taken into custody at Bangor International Airport and remanded to the Penobscot County Jail. The flight later resumed its journey to Dublin.

The passenger was identified in news reports as 44 year old Aiden Mackle, of Portadown, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. He appeared in U.S. District Court yesterday, charged with interference with a flight crew and assault. An article on the Bangor Daily News website reported the following details about the incident:

The man, who had been visiting family in San Diego, became unruly Friday night about 2½ hours after the plane left Atlanta about 9:10 p.m., according to court documents. Mackle allegedly drank three or four of the small bottles of wine sold onboard. He then allegedly went to the restroom and illegally smoked a cigarette.

When a flight attendant confronted him about the smoking and told the captain she was dealing with an unruly passenger, Mackle allegedly said he was associated with Osama bin Laden and was going to hijack the plane.

Mackle also punched an off-duty Delta employee and told airline employees that he was a terrorist, according to court documents.
A USA Today article about the incident added that, according to an affidavit presented in court, Mackle "...responded to an off-duty AirTran Airways pilot who told him that the flight may have to make an emergency landing, 'OK, I'm a terrorist. Go ahead and land the plane,' and then proceeded to punch an off-duty Delta flight attendant who warned him that he may have to be restrained."

A detention hearing is scheduled for March 5, 2008 to determine whether Mackle will be released on bail.

UPDATE March 10, 2008: The Boston Globe reported today that a federal judge has denied bail to Mr. Mackle. The news article said, "After a 40-minute hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk found probable cause for the charges and sided with Amie Blanchette of the U.S. Probation Office who testified that Mackle should be detained to insure that he will show up for trial." He will continue to be detained, pending trial on charges of assault and interfering with a flight crew.

UPDATE June 25, 2008: The Bangor Daily News reports that A Federal Court judge has sentenced Mr. Mackle to time already served in jail (116 days), two years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay $20,030 restitution to Delta Air Lines. In addition, he is being deported, and is forbidden to re-enter the U.S. without specific permission from immigration officials.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

United flight attendants injured by turbulence

A number of people were reported to have been injured early on the morning of Monday, January 21, 2008 when a United Airlines flight encountered turbulence. United Flight UA 1028, a B-757 aircraft, was at FL370 en route from Los Angeles to Chicago when the incident occurred, according to a preliminary incident report posted this morning on the FAA website. The aircraft diverted to Denver, where it landed safely at around 03:00 AM local time.

The FAA report states that three flight attendants sustained "minor" injuries. There was no damage to the aircraft, which later resumed its flight to Chicago without further incident.

In contrast to the information posted by the FAA, several news media stories about the incident reported that up to 10 people had been injured. The flight was said to have had 180 passengers and seven crew members on board.

UPDATE January 24, 2008: Here's a link to a first person account of this incident by a passenger who was on board UA FLight 1028 that night, from the Denver Post.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Air Canada turbulence incident injures 10

Air CanadaEarly this morning, and Air Canada Flight AC190 with 83 passengers and five crew on board experienced a serious turbulence incident during a scheduled domestic flight between Victoria, BC and Toronto. The A319 aircraft diverted to Calgary for an emergency landing shortly after the incident. Ten people, including two crew members, were hospitalized in Calgary with what have been described as "non-life-threatening" injuries. My understanding is that both crew members who were injured were flight attendants, although this has not been officially confirmed at this time.

Various news reports about the incident, quoting passengers who were on board the flight, indicated that the incident occurred without warning and was particularly violent. Reuters reports:

Those hurt in what was described as sharp drops in altitude and violent rocking were rushed to Calgary hospitals, where their injuries were deemed to be non-life-threatening. Others were treated and released.

"It happened very fast," a female passenger in the plane's front cabin told CBC Television.

"One side of the plane just went up a little bit sideways and then it just sort of went back down. And our friend was really hurt ... she flew up and hit the ceiling and (came) right back down."
An article about the incident in the Toronto Star quoted a passenger who praised the cabin crew, saying, "The flight attendants were amazing, because a lot of them were injured themselves so they had cuts and were trying to dab blood out of their eyes."

A statement about the incident on Flight AC190 on the Air Canada website this afternoon said, "... Of the ten individuals transferred to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, at this time seven have now been released. The remaining two passengers and one flight attendant in hospital are in stable condition. Other passengers are continuing their onward travel."

Best wishes for a speedy to all those who were injured.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Passenger tries to open door during Frontier Airlines flight

Several days ago, a passenger attempted to open a door on a Frontier Airlines Airbus during flight, and had to be restrained by flight attendants, with assistance from other passengers. The incident happened on Frontier Flight 514, en route from Denver to New York-La Guardia (LGA), early on the morning of August 25, 2007.

The man was unsuccessful in his attempt, and the plane landed safely with no reported injuries to the five crew members or 127 other passengers. On arrival at LGA, the disruptive passenger was taken into custody by Port Authority police.

According to news reports, the incident happened less than an hour before the aircraft was scheduled to land at LGA. A passenger who had been sitting near the unruly man said that the man had been acting strangely throughout the flight, bouncing up and down in his seat and kicking the seat in front of him. He struggled to escape after he was restrained with duct tape and a seatbelt extension.

[Passenger Bobby] Vigil said his rowmate left his seat to go to the bathroom in the front of the plane and briefly tried to open the cockpit door. The man, whom he described as Asian and about 20, then returned to his seat, only to get up 15 seconds later, go to the back of the plane and attempt to open the cabin door.

"I heard the flight attendant say, 'Help me!'" Vigil said. A struggle broke out, and Vigil and two other male passengers rushed over to help the attendant restrain the passenger.

"We taped him up in an 'X' pattern," said Vigil. "He wouldn't stay still or cooperate."

The man, whose name was not released, attempted to bite the tape off his hands and feet. Extension belts were used to keep him in place as the plane prepared to land, Vigil said.
A story about the incident in the New York Post described the man as 35 years old, and mentioned that he had been taken to Elmhurst General Hospital in Queens for evaluation.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Evacuation of burning China Airlines B737 at Naha, Okinawa

A China Airlines B737 burst into flames at Naha, Okinawa yesterday morning. The aircraft had just arrived on a scheduled flight from Taipei, and passengers were preparing to deplane when the aircraft caught fire. All 157 passengers and eight crew members evacuated the aircraft safely just before it exploded. Congratulations to the cabin crew of China Airlines Flight 120 for managing to evacuate everyone, and with no serious injuries.

China Airlines officials publicly praised the crew, describing them as "heroes," and a spokesman for the Taiwan government's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said, "Based on the information we have gathered, they evacuated all the passengers in accordance with the standard operation procedure, which requires that all passengers be evacuated within 90 seconds in the case of emergency."

Crew members were identified as You Chien-kuo (captain), Tseng Ta-wei (first officer), cabin chief Kang Li-mei, and flight attendants Cheng Hsieh-jer, Fan Jin-yao, Chang Chia-wen, and Hung Kuan-lin, all from Taiwan. Another flight attendant, a Japanese national, was not identified by name.

From The China Post:

[Captain] You thanked his crew, saying "they immediately evacuated all the passengers upon receiving my order."

"Without them, I would not have the opportunity to stand here to meet you tonight," he said.

You said all he thought about when dealing with the crisis was to make sure that all passengers and crew members were safe.

Only after he saw cabin chief Kang make a safe landing on the ground through an evacuation sliding chute did he order Tseng to quickly get out of the plane.

Television pictures showed Captain You telling the copilot to climb out of the two-story cockpit via rope before doing so himself. Seconds later, the blaze set off a chain of explosions.
This video of the event shows clearly what a close call it was for all those on board:

If the video does not play or display properly here, you can view "China airlines 737 explodes in Okinawa" on YouTube.

Tip of the hat to YouTube user Hobox72 for posting the video.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Pax ignores seat belt sign, breaks leg in turbulence

Continental Airlines logoA passenger on a Continental Airlines flight broke his leg after leaving his seat during turbulence. The incident happened on August 2, 2007 on board a B-737 aircraft operating as Continental Flight 875 from Houston to Panama City, Republic of Panama. The aircraft encountered turbulence while descending for an approach to Panama City.

A brief factual report about the turbulence incident posted on the NTSB website summarizes what happened:

The Captain requested and received deviations from the intended route of flight to avoid inclement weather along the route of flight when the flight encountered moderate turbulence for approximately 7 to 8 seconds during descent.

The cabin seat belt sign was illuminated and the flight attendants had made several announcements regarding the seat belt sign when a passenger fractured his leg after he elected to leave his seat.

The injured passenger was attended to by an on-board physician until he was de-planed by local paramedics.
No other passengers or crew members were injured, and there was no damage to the aircraft.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Abusive Frontier passenger is indicted

Frontier Airlines plane at DENA woman accused of repeatedly hitting her children during a Frontier Airlines flight between San Francisco and Denver last week has been indicted by a federal court. Tamera Jo Freeman, 38, was indicted on two counts of assault on a child under 16 and one count of interfering with a flight attendant.

Freeman was traveling with her two year old son and four year old daughter on Frontier Airlines Flight 108 on July 16, 2007. ABC 7 News in Denver reports what happened during the flight:

According to her arrest affidavit, witnesses said Freeman was slapping and punching the children on their legs, shoulders and knees and that the children were crying and cowering on the floor.

She was using profane language, appeared intoxicated and had been drinking heavily on the flight, witnesses said.

When passengers alerted the flight attendant, the attendant intervened and Freeman told her to "mind her own business and provide her another alcoholic beverage," according to the affidavit.

When she was denied more alcohol, Freeman allegedly threw a drink on the floor and confronted the flight attendant in a common area.

The affidavit said Freeman became verbally abusive toward the flight attendant and the flight attendant had to took a defensive stance.

Freeman went back to her seat but the attendant requested that a corrections officer who was a passenger on the plane sit next to Freeman.

The attendant then grabbed duct tape and had to stand next to Freeman for the remainder of the flight to prevent her from causing further problems, according to the affidavit.
According to witness reports, Freeman's abusive behavior toward her children was evident even before they boarded the flight. They said that Freeman appeared to be intoxicated and violent towards her children while still in the gate area at the departure station.

Freeman reportedly told investigators that she had slapped her children because they were fighting over a window shade and because they had spilled her drink. She denied throwing a drink, saying she had set it down on the floor on the aisle, but she did admit that she "lost it" during the incident.

According to press reports, Freeman's children have been placed in the custody of family members in California. The judge has ordered that Freeman herself remain in custody at a jail in Jefferson County, Colorado. She faces a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the interference charge, and up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count of assault.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Passenger indicted for assault on AirTran flight attendant

A woman passenger allegedly assaulted several passengers and a flight attendant yesterday on AirTran Flight 904 while it was en route from Atlanta to Newport News with 116 passengers and a crew of five. TV station WAVY identifies the alleged assailant as Florida resident Valjean Marguriet, and reports that she was indicted earlier today by a federal grand jury on one count of interference with a flight attendant, a felony, and two counts of misdemeanor assault.

According to court documents, during the flight, Marguriet assaulted a fellow passenger by grabbing and shaking her arm. Marguriet also struck a flight attendant in his face and interfered with his duties.
WAVY quoted Marsha Johnson, a passenger who had been sitting next to Ms. Marguriet on the plane.
She says the woman was perfectly fine and friendly, at first, but a few gin an tonics and the woman began to change. "I could see the alcohol getting to her. As we talked, the mood changed," Johnson recalls it changed for the worse.

"She just all of a sudden went off the handle," and Johnson it got worse when the lady started yelling, "well she called me a man. You're a man, You're a man!" Johnson says the woman shouted, just before she hit her several times. "She grabbed my arm," commented Johnson.

Flight attendants rushed to help Johnson and others who were hit by the woman. "They tried to talk to the lady, she would not be subdued, so the attendants restrained her," said passenger Donna Hypse. She says the woman's behavior made everyone very uncomfortable and even frightened some passengers, but the flight attendants had the situation under control. "they were outstanding. They controlled the situation. we never felt in danger," said Hypse.
The unruly passenger was arrested when the flight arrived at Newport News.

If convicted, Marguriet could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the felony interference charge, as well as 6 months in prison and fines of $5,000 for each assault charge.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Two Southwest F/As injured by inflight turbulence

Two Southwest Airlines flight attendants and a passenger were injured earlier this week when the B737 aircraft they were on encountered inflight turbulence. The incident happened on July 2, 2007 aboard Southwest Flight 1527 which was en route from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale with 76 passengers and five crew members aboard.

According to an Associated Press article about the turbulence incident, published by, reported that paramedics examined the injured people after the aircraft landed at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The passenger was examined and released, while the flight attendants were taken to a local hospital. One flight attendant had an injured ankle, and the other injured her shoulder.

The FAA preliminary report about the incident described the injuries as "minor" and noted that there was no damage to the aircraft.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Northwest DC-9 cabin decompression incident

Several days ago, a Northwest Airlines DC-9 experienced a cabin decompression while en route from Syracuse to Detroit. The flight diverted to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, where it made a safe emergency landing. There were four crew and 95 passengers on board. No one was injured.

Northwest Flight 1411 departed from Syracuse Hancock Airport just after noon on Friday, May 18, 2007. It landed at Buffalo at shortly before 1:30 PM. News reports about the incident say that smoke filled the cockpit, the cabin depressurized, and the cabin oxygen masks deployed. After the aircraft landed at Buffalo, damage described as a 12-inch hole in the fuselage was discovered. No further details were reported.

Later in the day, passengers continued on their journey aboard another aircraft that had been ferried to Buffalo from Detroit.

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