14 Injured After British Airways Flight to Tampa Hits Severe Turbulence

May 7, 2019

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A British Airways flight on Sunday from London Gatwick (LGW) suffered severe turbulence while en route to Tampa (TPA), resulting in 12 passengers and two crew reporting injuries.

The Boeing 777-200 — registration number G-VIIO — operating Flight 2167 encountered the turbulent conditions as it was flying near Bermuda. The aircraft continued on and was able to land safely at Tampa Airport several hours later.

British Airways flight BA2167 path LGW-TPA. Photo by FlightRadar24
British Airways Flight 2167 path. Image courtesy of FlightRadar24.

Unverified video appears to show luggage strewn around the cabin and apparent damage to some of the interior.

https://youtu.be/swPQBOfhTS8

One passenger on board took to social media to thank the crew, saying they had “Never been so scared in my life”.

The aircraft returned to Gatwick the same day operating the scheduled BA2166 flight and has continued operating scheduled flights to other destinations since, suggesting any damage to the aircraft was minor.

The same return flight the following day (Monday) from Gatwick to Tampa was cancelled because of a crew shortage.

This isn’t the first time there have been reported injuries caused by severe turbulence. Last year, 15 people were injured when an Aerolineas Argentinas flight encountered turbulence. Injuries from severe turbulence are not uncommon on flights (that’s why it’s so important to always have your seatbelt fastened while sitting).

Featured photo by Nick Morris / British Airways.

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