By TAMMY MUTASA, KOMO
SEATTLE (CIRCA via KOMO) — A Delta Air Lines flight from Orange County, California, to Seattle made an emergency landing in Reno, Nevada, on Wednesday afternoon after experiencing severe turbulence, according to a Compass Airlines spokesperson.
Five people on board were reportedly injured during the flight. Two passengers and one flight attendant were taken to a hospital for evaluation, according to the spokesperson.
"It was like we were dying. I mean, it was awful," said passenger Lori Badilla, when the flight finally arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). "I thought it was the end."
The jolt toppled drink carts and sent passengers and crew flying.
A woman was seen on cellphone video holding a bandage over her head after she was covered in blood.
The beverage bar was tipped over and drinks and bags were scattered all over the aisle.
"She was in the ladies’ room when she hit the big dip and ... hit her head, she came out bleeding," said passenger Erin Kayser at Sea-Tac. "I was sitting towards the back of the plane and I saw the drink cart hit the ceiling, along with the flight attendant."
The spokesperson said that the airplane landed safely and that Delta made resources available to support the passengers. Travelers were expected to arrive in Seattle at 5 p.m. Wednesday on an alternate flight, but the flight eventually made it around 9:30 p.m.
"It was like we were dying. I mean, it was awful. I thought it was the end."
"We are an emergency aircraft, numerous injuries, we do not have the number of how many injuries, my understanding is that we have two flight attendants who may be incapacitated with several passengers," the pilot said in a recording to air traffic control.
Joe Justice recorded a video while on the plane following the turbulence.
"Crazy turbulence and injuries, but the Delta crew handled it perfectly, even the emergency landing," Justice tweeted.
"It was scary at first, you know, but I’m just glad we’re home. It was just a long day," said Kayser.
"It feels so good, we were supposed to be here at 2:30 p.m. but we’re just happy if we’re together," said Badilla.
First responders in Reno said the injured people were expected to be OK.
The flight, Compass Air Flight 5763, was operating as Delta Flight 5763.
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