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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Easyjet crew members 'hit the ceiling' in turbulence and one fractured hip

Published 03/09/2014 | 08:17

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The plane's captain decided to divert the plane to avoid heavy thunderstorms close to Naples.

Three crew members “hit the ceiling” when an EasyJet plane encountered severe turbulence on a flight over Italy, with one suffering a fractured hip.

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The flight from Gatwick on Monday was originally travelling to Naples, but the captain decided to divert the plane’s flight path and land in Rome in order to avoid heavy thunderstorms close to Naples.

The plane, which had 154 passengers on board, then hit severe turbulence which caused three members of the cabin crew to “hit the ceiling”, with one sustaining an injury to their hip.

Lucy and David Westbrooke, a newly-married couple who were travelling to Naples, Italy, for their honeymoon, told the London Evening Standard that their experience was “terrifying”.

Mrs Westbrooke said: “It was terrifying. One stewardess said this was by far the worst she had experienced.”

“We nose-dived. All three cabin crew hit the ceiling,” her husband added.

A spokesperson for easyJet said that “the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority,” adding that its pilots are “highly trained” to manage turbulence.

“Unfortunately due to the turbulence one of our crew sustained an injury, and as such were met by paramedics upon arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport in line with our procedures.

“The aircraft landed safely and routinely and all passengers disembarked normally and were transported to Naples by coach. easyJet would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience caused.”

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