Reprinted from KCCI NEWS, Des Moines, IA.  www.kcci.com

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa —A West Des Moines woman was one of five passenger hurt when her flight into Des Moines was hit by turbulence.

“It just happened so quickly,” said Cris Krull.

Wednesday night, Krull was flying from Phoenix to Des Moines with her son.

“I’ve flown many, many, many times and I’ve never even concerned about the safety issue,” said Krull.

Flight US 5617 had to fly around storms for most of the journey. About 30 minutes before landing, the plane hit turbulence.

“I’m in the bathroom, all the sudden I start shaking back and forth against the wall and then I flew up to the ceiling and came kind of slammed back down,” said Krull.

She said it took her a few minutes to get back out to the aisle because she was in so much pain. She saw others shaken by the sudden turbulence.

“There were other people hurt. There was one lady hurt worse than me. Her arm was bleeding and she had chest pains,” said Krull.

A US Airways representative reported five injured passengers. Three people, including Krull, were taken to area hospitals.

Krull received a softball-sized bruise on her right hip. She said her left leg also feels very stiff.

“I’m very fortunate today that it wasn’t worse,” she said. “I’m always going to have my seat belt on, not just on but have it snug.”

A US Airways representative released a statement that “American Airlines is assisting passengers with additional needs.”


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