Edmonton-Mexico Flight Makes Emergency Landing in U.S.

A flight carrying 181 passengers and six crew members, en route to Mexico from Edmonton, had to make an emergency medical landing in western Montana on Sunday after it encountered extreme turbulence that injured its two flight attendants. According to a Sunwing Airlines spokesperson, Janine Chapman, the Boeing 737 safely landed at around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday at Helena Regional Airport.

The authorities made the passengers of Flight 559 wait in the aircraft for more than five hours, after which they were made to stay in a cordoned-off area in the terminal while the company sent another plane to continue the journey. Consequently, the passengers continued their journey on the second plane that left for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, at around 6:25 p.m. MDT. According to Chapman, a medical team assisted the 27-year-old male flight attendant who received a cut on his head during the turbulence, though it did not require stitches. Passengers shared that he was in an aisle serving passengers at the time of turbulence. In addition to him, a 27-year-old female flight attendant was also checked as a precautionary measure.

One of the passengers on the flight that mostly consisted of families and couples, Cathy Burden of Edmonton, stated that turbulence was “pretty scary.” Furthermore, Burden elaborated that “the flight attendant was just bringing a tray of champagne, and she went up in the air and the champagne went everywhere.” Burden added that “nobody actually got a glass, but we all got champagne on us.”

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