Turbulence not uncommon on recent American Airlines flights

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Sunday night's incident in St. John's isn't the first experience American Airlines has had with severe turbulence that has injured passengers and crewmembers.

A paramedic brings a backboard onto an American Airlines flight that diverted to St. John's Sunday night after several passengers and crew were injured in severe turbulence.

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There are several YouTube videos about similar incidents over the past two years, one of which occurred just last weekend on a flight from New York to Miami, when a flight attended ended up with a broken nose and several passengers were injured.

Here are links to that video and some others on YouTube:

Published on Jan 16, 2016

Jan. 15, 2016 — American Airlines Flight 1410 hits severe turbulence & injures a Flight Attendant (who ended up with a broken nose)


Published on Oct 5, 2015

MIAMI — A rough bout of turbulence on a Miami-bound flight left five passengers injured Thursday morning, according to local broadcaster WSVN.


Published on Oct 2, 2015

Turbulence Injures Five On American Airlines Flight To Miami


Published on Jan 12, 2015

American Airlines flight 280 from Seoul to Dallas Ft. Worth International hit turbulence that lasted for 45 minutes and forced the flight to land in Tokyo.


Published on Dec 17, 2014

Terrifying video emerges of turbulent American Airlines flight forced into emergency landing

HORROR: Terrifying Turbulence Aboard American Airlines flight that sent FIVE Passengers to Hospital


Published on Dec 17, 2014

A flight from Seoul to Dallas was diverted to Tokyo after violent turbulence injured five people so badly they needed medical attention.


Published on Jul 11, 2012

Severe turbulence shook plane on flight from Aruba to Miami.


Other videos of turbulent flights can be found at



Other incidents under investigation

There are also articles on internet regarding American Airlines incidents and crashes that have been investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Here are some links to those stories:

Nov. 30, 2015

American Airlines flight attendant charged with attacking fellow crew members, U.S. marshals


Aug. 31, 2015

A plane not certified to travel for long distances over water was used to fly from Los Angeles to Hawaii last month, American Airlines has confirmed.

Passengers arrived safely at their destination after the 31 August incident, in which an A321S plane was used instead of a A321H.


Aug. 28, 2015

American Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Stephenville


Aug. 15, 2015

On August 15, 2015, at about 6:34 pm eastern daylight time, an Airbus A321, operated by American Airlines as Flight 1851 inbound from Atlanta, reportedly encountered wind shear on final approach to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The airplane impacted runway approach lights followed by an airplane tail to runway impact. The flight crew then performed a go-around maneuver and completed the landing. No injuries were reported; however, the airplane was substantially damaged.


Sept. 28, 2007

On September 28, 2007, about 1313 central daylight time, American Airlines flight 1400, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82, N454AA, experienced an in-flight engine fire during departure climb from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), St. Louis, Missouri. During the return to STL, the nose landing gear failed to extend, and the flight crew executed a go-around, during which the crew extended the nose gear using the emergency procedure. The flight crew conducted an emergency landing, and the 2 flight crewmembers, 3 flight attendants, and 138 passengers deplaned on the runway. No occupant injuries were reported, but the airplane sustained substantial damage from the fire. The scheduled passenger flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was American Airlines' maintenance personnel's use of an inappropriate manual engine-start procedure, which led to the uncommanded opening of the left engine air turbine starter valve, and a subsequent left engine fire, which was prolonged by the flight crew's interruption of an emergency checklist to perform nonessential tasks. Contributing to the accident were deficiencies in American Airlines' Continuing Analysis and Surveillance System (CASS) program.


Nov. 12, 2001

On 12 November 2001, at approximately 9:17 a.m. local time, American Airlines flight 587, an Airbus A300-600, crashed into the Belle Harbor area of Queens, New York, several minutes after taking off from JFK International Airport. The plane was on a scheduled flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. All nine crew members and 251 passengers on the aircraft were killed, including five infants. Five people on the ground were also killed.


May 25, 1979

American Airlines Flight 191 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago to Los Angeles International Airport. The McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 crashed on May 25, 1979, moments after takeoff from Chicago. All 258 passengers and 13 crew on board were killed, along with two people on the ground. It is the deadliest aviation accident to occur on U.S.


Some of the National Transportation Safety investigation documents regarding incidents above and others can be found online at http://www.ntsb.gov/Search/pages/Results.aspx?k=American%20Airlines







Organizations: American Airlines, Charlotte Douglas International Airport.The, Continuing Analysis and Surveillance System St. Louis International Airport CauseThe National Transportation Safety Board JFK International Airport Dominican Republic O'Hare International Airport Los Angeles International Airport

Geographic location: New York, Miami, Seoul Tokyo.https Dallas Tokyo Aruba McDonnell Douglas DC Los Angeles Hawaii Atlanta St. Louis, Missouri Chicago Belle Harbor Queens Santo Domingo

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  • A flyer
    January 26, 2016 - 07:26

    Many times I boarded a flight and see what people are boarding the flight with,what one time used to be over head bins for jackets,pillows and a carry on tote are now replaced with full size suit cases,not only this is a danger if the plane like the one here hits turbulence what about when one gets up to retrieve something a drops their suitcase not toto bag,it can easily cause someone a head injury,time to send the suitcases back under the plane.