Monday, June 17th 2019, 4:18 pm - Ten people were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries
Passengers on a recent flight from Pristina to EuroAirport Basel experienced dramatic turbulence that caused strong shaking and event sent a flight attendant crashing into the ceiling, which is shown in the video above.
Mirjeta Basha recorded this video during the ALK Airlines flight and told Swiss news site, 20 Minuten, that she was convinced that the plane would crash.
During the turbulence objects were tossed around, hot water was spilled on passengers, and 10 people had to go to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
Turbulence is caused by a sudden change in airflow and a variety of atmospheric conditions can shake planes. Jet streams, changing wind speeds, and hot rising air from cumulus clouds or thunderstorms, and mountainous can all distort the wind flow.
Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton says that satellite and radar in the region show thunderstorms, which indicate vertical wind motion southeast of the plane's destination in Switzerland. The rugged topography in the region also could have played a role in disrupting the laminar air flow and forcing the air to rise vertically.
While turbulence is an unpleasant aspect of taking a plane ride, aircraft are built to withstand severe turbulence and can safely navigate sudden 50 foot drops.
Pilots do their best to monitor radars and communicate with air traffic controllers to avoid severe turbulence, which is relatively uncommon.