Posted: Nov 9, 2010 5:39 PM by Greg Boyce
DENVER (AP) - Calm radio messages hint at the pandemonium that erupted aboard a United Airlines flight in July when it ran into turbulence so severe that 22 people were injured.
Audio recordings from the Federal Aviation Administration show a flight crew member said "Things were a little chaotic there for a minute." He also said, "I gather there are quite a few people (who) got banged about." The Associated Press obtained the recordings through the Freedom of Information Act.
They show the crew got permission to change course before hitting turbulence over Missouri. It's not clear whether the plane did change course before the
turbulence, or whether the change was meant to avoid nearby storms or something farther away. The Los Angeles-bound plane was diverted to Denver.