Seven passengers and three crew members were taken to a Philadelphia hospital on Sunday after an American Airlines flight experienced extreme turbulence. About 30 minutes from landing at Philadelphia International Airport, the flight returning from Athens, Greece, started shaking uncontrollably and dropping altitude.
The force of the sudden turbulence was so strong that drinks were thrown around the cabin, splattering on the ceiling and causing a huge mess for the 297 passengers onboard. In photos and video of the aftermath, garbage is strewn throughout the aircraft, with liquid drying on the overhead lights, baggage compartments, and other surfaces. One passenger needed immediate medical assistance following the tumult, according to Dr. Ervin Fang, a doctor from Los Angeles onboard Flight 759.
Fang, who documented the flight's gradual crawl away from the violent patch of air, noted that he "provided medical help (shoulder relocation mid-air)" on Twitter: