Thursday, February 14, 2019

Compass Airlines, Embraer ERJ-175LR, N613CZ: Accident occurred February 13, 2019 near Reno-Tahoe International Airport (KRNO), Washoe County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Delta Air Lines Inc

NTSB Identification: DCA19CA081
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of Compass Airlines
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in Reno, NV
Aircraft: Embraer ERJ170, registration: N613CZ

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Flight 5763: One (1) flight attendant and seven (7) passengers were injured after encountering severe turbulence.

Date: 14-FEB-19
Time: 03:45:00Z
Regis#: N613CZ
Aircraft Make: EMBRAIER
Aircraft Model: ERJ 170 200 LR
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: COMPASS AIR
Flight Number: 5763
City: RENO

Five people were injured Wednesday when a flight from Southern California encountered severe turbulence en route to Seattle, aviation officials said. The flight made an emergency landing just before 1 p.m. PST in Reno, where three of the passengers were transported to the hospital.

Their conditions have not been released.

The plane was carrying 59 passengers and four crew members, according to Sarah Ploss, a spokeswoman for Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Cellphone video from one passenger captured the state of the plane, a Compass Airlines flight operating as Delta from John Wayne Airport in Orange County to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, moments before it landed safely in Reno. A beverage cart was toppled, and the aisle was littered with drinks and other items.

Another passenger praised the crew on Twitter for how it handled the situation: "Crazy turbulence and injuries, but the delta crew handled it perfectly, even the emergency landing."

After landing, passengers were directed to a private room at the Nevada airport where airline staff provided food and drinks as they waited for an alternate flight to Seattle.

Delta also said it would refund tickets for all passengers.

"Delta is making resources available to take care of and support our customers," the airline said in a statement to NBC News.

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