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Feb 17, 2014 4:48 PM by Simone DeAlba - Q2 News

Crew members and passengers injured by turbulence aboard Billings-bound flight

BILLINGS - Paramedics responded to a runway at Billings Logan International Airport on Monday afternoon, following a turbulent flight.

United Airlines has since issued this official statement on Flight 1676;

"The flight encountered severe turbulence upon descent into Billings, Montana. Three crew members and a number of passengers were injured. Our primary focus is assisting our employees and passengers who were injured, and our flight safety team will review what happened."

Eyewitness accounts also help fill in some of the details.

Bill Dahlin, a passenger aboard the flight, said the plane dropped sharply, without warning from the crew, as it began its decent into Billings.

"There was a lot of screaming, a lot of hollering," Dahlin told Q2.

He said the crew was as surprised as the passengers at the sudden drop.

"I think they were somewhat panicked," Dahlin said. "I think they were trying to assess things themselves so they really didn't offer any explanation because of what happened so quickly."

He said one woman hit the ceiling so hard it cracked the panel above her head. Another woman called out for her baby, which he took as an indication that she had lost control of her infant.

"I have flown a lot, and I do know you run into things like this," Dahlin said. "This [turbulence] happened to be a lot rougher than what I'm accustomed to."

Dahlin says he was uninjured during the flight.

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