Seven people have been rushed to hospital after severe turbulence on a flight led to an emergency landing.
Terrified passengers were heard screaming with reports of broken glass in the cabin during the emergency on Lufthansa Flight 469 on Wednesday, The U.S. Sun reported.
The plane was flying from Austin, Texas, to Frankfurt in Germany when it was forced to land at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
The extent of the injuries to those who were taken to the hospital is unknown at this time.
Footage taken from inside the cabin shows food boxes and magazines strewn in the aisle.
A Twitter user claimed that her sister and brother-in-law were on the flight.
“[They] said it was exceptionally scary, lots of broken glass and screaming and multiple injuries,” they tweeted.
The user added that their family members were OK but “feeling anxious and rattled.”
“We’re all very glad the plane was ultimately landed safely,” they said.
Another person, this time claiming to have been a passenger on the flight, tweeted at the airline for “immediate help and compensation for the catastrophic forced landing incident involving LH469”.
“Many of our plans have been affected, our clothes are ruined, and we definitely expect far more than just a hotel tonight,” they wrote.
Lufthansa responded to the passenger, writing: “I am sorry to hear about your experience. Please reach out to our colleagues at the airport for immediate assistance.”
The airline offered a link for the passenger to submit a request for compensation.
And a third person shared an image of food trays scattered across the floor of the plane.
They wrote: “My wife was on that flight she sent this pic.
“This is what the inside looked like food everywhere, people who didn’t have the seat belts fastened got hurt mostly cause it came as surprise without seat belt sign on and lighting (sic) hit the plane badly went 1k ft down & up pilot said.”
Another person on Twitter thanked the crew for getting their family to the ground safely.
“Thank you so much for your incredible care of Flt 469 tonight!” they wrote.
“My family will be eternally grateful for the skill of the pilot and co-pilot and care from the crew.”
The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating what happened onboard.
The agency said: “Lufthansa Flight 469 diverted to Dulles International Airport and landed without incident around 9.10pm local time after the crew reported encountering severe turbulence at 37,000 feet altitude over Tennessee.”
FAA told passengers to contact the airline for additional information.
The U.S. Sun reached out to Lufthansa Airlines for comment.
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