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10 people in hospital after serious turbulence on American Airlines flight

A reminder that you should have your seat belt fastened at all times.

By Holly Royce
Serious turbulence on an American Airlines flight has sent ten people to the hospitaland forced a doctor to perform a shoulder relocation mid-air on a flight attendant.
It seems like such a pain to watch the in-flight safety demonstrations when this is your 500th flight and wearing your seatbelt every time you sit down seems completely unnecessary.
Right?
We've all been there, but the damage that turbulence caused the passengers and crew of American Airlines Flight 759 this weekend is a timely reminder of the importance of always wearing your seat belt.
The flight held 287 passengers plus 12 crew members and was travelling from Athens to Philadelphia.
Speaking to local Philadelphia news station WPVI, one man explained the lead up to the horrifying situation.
“Thirty minutes out, they were giving us our drinks. The flight attendants were in the last couple rows when they said, ‘Fasten your seat belts," he said.
“And then they said for the flight attendants to get to their seats, and they didn’t even have time. It started shaking, then it took a big drop. Babies screaming, people in front of us hitting the ceiling."
In a statement American Airlines explained that of those who were injured three were passengers and seven were cabin crew.
“American Airlines flight 759 from Athens, Greece to Philadelphia International Airport briefly encountered severe turbulence shortly before landing safely in Philadelphia. The seat belt sign was on at the time. Three passengers and seven crew members were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. We are taking care of our passengers and our crew members at this time and want to thank our team members for keeping our passengers safe.”
Below is footage of the aftermath, tweeted with the caption "Passengers disoriented and relieved".
Even if you've flown over 1 million times, always wear your seat belt.