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AA Passenger Recounts Turbulent Flight From South Korea

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas attorney was aboard American Airlines Flight 280 that encountered severe air turbulence Tuesday shortly after taking off from Seoul, South Korea.

“All of a sudden there was this big drop in food and plates and service,” said Marc Stanley. “…materials, my iPhone and everything just started flying all over the place,” he continued.

The turbulence caused everything from carts and dishes to flight attendants to fall over.

“One of the flight attendants apparently hit an exit sign on the ceiling,” said Stanley, who compared the plane’s movement to a “bucking bronco for 5-6 minutes.”

The AA flight was rerouted to Narita International Airport in Tokyo after the plane unexpectedly hit a storm. Fourteen of the 255 passengers and crew aboard needed medical attention.

“I’ve flown millions of miles. This is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said one traveler.

Even for seasoned air travelers like Stanley, the incident was unlike any other inflight experience.

“Not only had I not. The pilot has been flying more than 30 years…the co-pilot, the flight attendant for 35 years. Everybody said, they’ve ‘never, ever, ever seen anything like this,’” said Stanley.

Officials said the remaining passengers won’t continue their travel to DFW until Wednesday and are spending the night at hotels.

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