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Turbulence on flight was so bad that everyone threw up

Gusting winds made crew and passengers of United Airlines flight throw up. (Photo: Getty)

Flying can be an unpleasant experience, with long waits, delays, and of course turbulence. It’s no wonder that many people dread getting on a plane. But after a particularly turbulent flight to Washington, D.C., a group of United Airlines passengers seem to be still recovering from the flight where “everyone threw up.”


The flight departed from Charlottesville, Va., en route to Washington Dulles International Airport and faced winds gusting at more than 70 miles per hour, which caused a rough landing because of the storm. The extreme bumpiness of the flight, thanks to the particularly nasty storm, gave passengers and crew an upset stomach.


In the pilot’s report to the Aviation Weather Center, he wrote, “VERY BUMPY ON DESCENT. PRETTY MUCH EVERY ONE ON THE PLANE THREW UP. PILOTS WERE ON THE VERGE OF THROWING UP.”


United Airlines released a statement saying that the passengers from the Friday morning flight did not require medical attention.

“Air Wisconsin Flight 3833 operating as United Express from Charlottesville, Va. to Washington Dulles International encountered turbulence because of high winds,” United said in a statement. “A few customers onboard the regional jet became ill as the aircraft was preparing to land. The aircraft landed safely and taxied to its gate. No customers required medical attention because of the turbulence.”

It is unknown how many passengers were in the aircraft, but according to Air Wisconsin’s website, the aircraft was a Bombardier CRJ200 with a passenger capacity of 50 and a crew of three.

Perhaps it was the small size of the jet that caused it to be rocked especially hard by the storm.


The nor’easter slamming the East Coast has caused thousands of flights to be canceled across the country. To avoid a similar incident, we’re thinking that next time, delaying the trip might not be such a bad thing.

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