SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO: http://registry.faa.gov/N490WN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Unknown
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Aircraft Operator: SWA-Southwest Airlines
Flight Number: SWA147
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boston FSDO-61
N490WN SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT SWA147 ENCOUNTERED TURBULENCE, 2 PERSONS ON BOARD SUSTAINED POSSIBLE SERIOUS INJURIES, 2 SUSTAINED UNKNOWN INJURIES, RETURNED AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.
BOSTON —A plane was forced back to Logan International Airport overnight after severe turbulence left two flight attendants injured.
Southwest Airlines Flight 147 from Boston to Chicago-Midway left Logan at 11 p.m. Monday. Less than an hour into the flight, it was forced to turn around because of the turbulence.
“I felt the pressure in my seat, and it was pretty crazy, and then it was followed up by an extreme release of pressure,” passenger Nick Picker said. "It left me a little disoriented just sitting in my seat."
According to FlightAware.com, flight 147 diverted over southern Vermont at approximately 11:38 p.m. Prior to that time, the Boeing 737 reached an altitude of around 37,000 feet. Winds at that time and in the vicinity of the incident were forecast to be very strong from the west between 120-150 mph, changing rapidly with distance.
An ambulance met the plane at the gate. Southwest said the flight crew was taken to a local hospital for further medical attention.
A new crew was brought in and the 133 customers continued on Flight 147 to Chicago-Midway.
“We're just glad to be here, glad that everyone is alright. It wasn't serious. Everyone is alive. That's all that matters," Piker said.
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