Viral Video Shows Petrified Passengers Praying as Severe Turbulence Sends Flight Attendant Flying

A video has emerged showing terrifying turbulence during a flight from Kosovo to France this weekend, during which multiple passengers were injured.

The turbulence sent a flight attendant flying towards the ceiling of the plane while travelers screamed and shielded themselves from spilling drinks including hot water, Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten reported. Ten people were injured and hospitalized upon landing in France.

The ALK Airlines flight was traveling from Pristina, Kosovo, to the EuroAirport on the French-Swiss-German border with 121 passengers on board when the incident occurred. The turbulence took hold around 30 minutes before the plane landed and lasted for around 5 minutes, 20 Minuten explained.

One passenger told the newspaper, "People started screaming and crying. A flight attendant slammed her trolley on the ceiling. Cups flew around, some were scalded by hot water." Another said the seats had been torn away from their bindings by the force of the movement.

A video of the incident showed a flight attendant and a drinks cart picked up and thrown towards the ceiling by the turbulence. The cart then came crashing back to the floor as drinks covered terrified passengers. Travelers could be seen screaming and even praying amid the chaos.

The woman who recorded the video told ABC News she was sure the plane was going to crash and that her husband was among those taken to hospital when the aircraft landed.

The plane was met by ambulances and fire engines upon landing at EuroAirport. Injured passengers were given immediate medical assistance and 10 were taken to hospitals in the nearby Swiss city of Basel for treatment, Fox News reported. According to passengers interviewed by 20 Minuten, some of the injured were scalded by boiling water from flying drinks carts.

In a statement, Vivienne Gaskell—a spokesperson for EuroAirport—said that the plane's scheduled return to Pristina was delayed by an hour due to the incident.

Gaskell explained that the turbulence was caused by a sudden drop in altitude and a strong downward "impulse." She added that the seatbelt sign had been switched on, though Fox News noted it was not clear how long the sign had been illuminated before the severe turbulence occurred.

ALK told ABC News that the flight attendant shown in the video was trying to collect "all drinks and full glasses from passengers" before the "downward impulse occurred." The airline said the flight attendant is in "absolutely good health" despite the incident.

ABC News noted that U.S. airlines dictate that all flight attendants must sit down if the pilots believe they are about to encounter turbulence.

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A photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows the Mulhouse-Basel-Freiburg EuroAirport in Saint-Louis, eastern France. SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty
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