According to Business Insider, which cited two passengers on a Lufthansa flight that experienced significant turbulence and dropped thousands of feet, crew members told passengers to erase any images and videos they may have taken of the incident.
On March 1, Flight 469, its route from Austin, Texas to Frankfurt, Germany, encountered “extreme turbulence” over Tennessee and had to make an emergency landing in Washington, DC.
One of the seven injured, Rolanda Schmidt, claimed that the plane experienced a significant drop, which caused food and other items to fly around the cabin.
According to reports, Schmidt hit her head on the tray table before her. She claimed that as soon as the plane stabilized and immediately ascended, she was propelled upward and struck her head.
We didn’t know if we would make it securely anyplace, and within five to 10 minutes of analyzing the situation, we realized we were going to die, she continued. Your body “felt like the insides were being shaken out,”
She claimed that during the terrible experience, instead of yelling like other people, she sobbed and texted her husband that she would die.
After the emergency landing at Dulles Airport, a flight attendant reportedly told passengers to “delete all your photographs and recordings,” according to Schmidt.
A few minutes later, the same individual announced the same thing on the overhead system but stated that it was to protect passengers’ privacy.
A Lufthansa flight that experienced “significant turbulence” was diverted to Virginia and seven people were taken to hospitals.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 2, 2023