US flight attendant suffers fractured back after rough plane landing – National

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant suffered a fractured back after a particularly hard landing on a California runway last month, officials confirmed.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told The Associated Press that while landing at Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport on July 1, none of the other 141 passengers were injured, but the flight attendant suffered a compression fracture of a vertebra in her upper back upon touchdown .

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The NTSB also said the plane’s landing was so hard that the employee thought the plane had crashed.

An investigation into the landing culminated last Friday when the board reported that the pilots – a 55-year-old captain and a 49-year-old co-pilot – had sighted the normal touchdown zone on the relatively short runway.

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Although they did not say what caused such a hard landing, they confirmed that the companion in the 18-year-old Boeing 737-700 jump seat was sitting in the back of the plane when the incident happened and was experiencing pain in her back and back felt throat shortly after and could not move.

The runway where the plane landed is only 1,700 meters long. (By comparison, the runways at nearby Los Angeles International Airport range from 9,000 to nearly 12,000 feet.)

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It’s a rare injury on board a commercial airliner, according to the Dallas Morning Star. The outlet reports that there were only two reports of serious injuries in the US in 2020 and that most onboard injuries occur when employees and passengers walk around the plane, often during unexpected turbulence.

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Dallas-based Southwest said in a statement Monday, “We have reported the matter to the NTSB in accordance with regulatory requirements and have conducted an internal review of the event.”

The Morning Star also reports that planes departing from John Wayne Airport have to climb steeply after takeoff to comply with noise restrictions, but there are no landing rules.

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