Severe Turbulence Sends Passengers Flying Through the Plane

Twenty passengers on board a South African Airways flight were evacuated in cervical collars.
1:36 | 07/16/14

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Heart stopping moment on board a Jumbo jet tonight we are hearing from the passengers on an international flight. At least twenty of them injured -- look at this a passenger hitting with such force putting a hole in the ceiling. Tonight how they're describing it and our correspondent on the most dangerous part of the plane when turbulence strikes here's ABC's -- that. Turbulence and can -- a plane like. This. Won't last night's flight so violently that these -- -- images of the overhead compartments cracked by passengers catapulted into the air. Look closely at this hole punched in -- passengers hit. It all twenty injured as the South Africa Airways flight across the equator from Johannesburg in route to Hong Kong. Today there some passengers evacuated in cervical collars most who hit the -- and with the -- Turbulence cant form an even the coldest conditions often caused -- pockets of air. We flew to -- later today in Miami so what would you feel the most turbulence and a -- likeness in the very back of the airplane. On average 23 passengers are hurt a year. Most of them not wearing seatbelts there is no specific instrument alerting pilots of turbulence ahead in fact most pilots learn about it. On their heads from the reporting of other pilots. And it. A new detection system is in the works using lasers. In hopes of giving pilots have to 862. Warning rough spot is a hit. But not soon enough. The -- passengers last night. Matt Gutman ABC news --

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