According to The Associated Press, via MSN News today, three crew members and two passengers on board Flight 1676 were transported to hospitals in Montana. One flight attendant remains hospitalized today. The other four that were injured have since been released.
The flight manifest showed 114 passengers and five crew members on board. According to passengers, the plane dropped suddenly and violently, propelling individuals that were not wearing seat restraints out of their seats and into the air. Some passengers hit their heads on the ceiling of the aircraft.
Passenger Joe Frank, 20, said he saw an infant propelled out of a parent's arms, landing unhurt in a vacant seat nearby.
“I didn't have my seat belt on,” Frank said. “So I hit my head pretty hard but what hurts is my lower back and hips.”
According to Fox News, pilots on board the United Airlines flight never addressed the severe turbulence – either before it occurred as a possible warning – but especially never even after the plane abruptly lost altitude.
“I thought it was very interesting that the pilot never came on and said anything about what happened,” passenger Kerri Mullins said. “There was nothing.”
Mullins said the 25-second drop started when the plane took a hard right and started to plunge.
“People that did not have their seat belts on had flown out of their seats and hit the ceiling,” she said. “I thought, ‘Wow! Yeah, this is it.’ It's the most helpless feeling ever to just be sitting there and not having any control over anything.”
The cause for the brief loss of aircraft control is being investigated. United Airlines has yet to release a statement.