Tuesday, 23 Apr 2024

Southwest plane diverted after plane began to shake 'like crazy'

Southwest flight from Baltimore to Raleigh turns into NINE-HOUR nightmare where passengers were left vomiting after plane shook ‘like crazy’ during aborted landing in bad weather

  • A Southwest flight was diverted due to bad turbulence that caused vomiting
  • Flight 3094 from Baltimore to Raleigh was taken to Myrtle Beach Friday after experiencing bad turbulence as they began their descent
  • Passengers were then stranded for hours without food or information as they waited on their second plane to come and take them to Raleigh 

What should have been a 75 minute flight turned into a nine-hour nightmare for passengers on a Southwest flight from Baltimore to Raleigh. 

The incident happened on Southwest flight 3094 Friday when the plane began to shake ‘like crazy,’ resulting in multiple passengers vomiting and one person even passing out. 

The plane was sent to the Myrtle Beach airport amid the turbulence and the passengers were left without food or information for several hours as their flight crew left.

According to a couple on board, the plane was approaching its destination of Raleigh when it was aborted at the last second due to inclement weather. 

‘It was quite a horrifying experience — we go to land in Raleigh and the plane starts shaking like crazy — then they decide to tell us 15 minutes later we are going to Myrtle Beach,’ said passenger Nicholas Reed. 

Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Raleigh reported ‘horrifying’ turbulence that diverted a plane to Myrtle Beach and left them stranded for hours

According to a couple on board, the plane was approaching its destination of Raleigh when it was aborted at the last second due to inclement weather

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This is the flight path of Southwest Airlines flight 3094. The flight was originally scheduled to go from Baltimore to Raleigh but was diverted to Myrtle Beach

Reed was traveling with his girlfriend, Krys Spence, as they returned from a cruise. 

According to CBS 17, the Boeing 737 – which was full – was held on the tarmac for hours just for the passengers to arrive inside and find a closed airport. 

‘We couldn’t go anywhere because they wouldn’t give us our luggage,’ Reed said. ‘One group of guys found a bar and went behind it and just started pouring themselves drinks — because there was no security.’ 

Southwest officials told the Raleigh station the weather issues the plane faced while approaching Raleigh also caused the jet to experience low-fuel. 

Reed and Spence said the plane, which was supposed to leave around 6.40pm on Friday, wasted nearly an hour’s worth of gas on the tarmac before taking off. 

After finally taking off just after 7.30pm, the plane began experiencing issues around 9 as they approached Raleigh. 

‘Coming into Raleigh they started landing like normal. We had the window open in our seat so we could actually see the ground,’ Reed told CBS 17. 

That’s when things took a turn and became  

‘The wings were flapping. They were shaking,’ Spence said.

‘Two people were vomiting pretty close to us. But everyone was pretty silent. I guess they were just in suspense like ‘this could be it’,’ Reed corroborated.

Passengers were stranded for hours inside the closed Myrtle Beach airport

This is Nicholas Reed and Krys Spence who were on the Southwest Airlines flight

‘Two people were vomiting pretty close to us. But everyone was pretty silent. I guess they were just in suspense like ‘this could be it’,’ Reed said of the bad turbulence

This is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport where the plane was originally headed 

During the flight, the plane’s altitude dropped to around 1,350 feet. 

‘Fifteen minutes goes by, and the captain comes back on and says “Hey, we are going to be in Myrtle Beach in 25 minutes.” We were like ‘what?’ said Reed.

In a statement issued to the local TV station, Southwest representatives said they worked quickly to put passengers back on path and schedule after the interruption. 

‘We made the decision to safely divert Southwest flight 3094 (BWI – RDU) to MYR due to weather conditions at RDU,’ the representatives said. 

‘We brought in another crew and aircraft to transport the passengers to their final destination as soon as we were able to safely do so,’ it continued. 

Reed and Spence said passengers were told another plane was on its way to take them to their final destination. 

That second plane, however, didn’t come for hours. 

‘Then that captain and our flight attendants all leave, and we get stuck in the airport. There were no vending machines in the entire terminal. Of course, all of the restaurants were closed down,’ Reed said.

‘When we got back here to Raleigh, 4 a.m., so, it was a really terrible experience. They didn’t offer us meal vouchers or anything. I was like, we fly Southwest all the time,’ said Reed.

For several hours, passengers were inside the airport with no access to food

Spence in a post on Facebook called it the ‘worst flight experience EVER’

After hours without food, drink, or information on what was happening, the second plane finally arrived. 

Just after 1am, the plane from Baltimore arrived in Myrtle Beach to take the group to Raleigh. 

‘When we got back here to Raleigh, 4 a.m., so, it was a really terrible experience. They didn’t offer us meal vouchers or anything. I was like, we fly Southwest all the time,’ said Reed.

Southwest Airlines has since apologized for the inconvenience and encouraged passengers to reach out to customer relations with concerns. 

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