Last Modified: Saturday, July 14, 2012 2:22 PM
A flight attendant injured a month ago when the aircraft she was on hit turbulence is “progressing well” in a rehabilitation program at Lake Charles Memorial, a hospital spokesman said Thursday.
The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, was originally listed in serious condition, meaning her vital signs were unstable. But hospital spokesman Matt Felder said her condition now is “good” and that “she is in rehab and able to participate in exercises.”
The plane, United Airlines Flight 1632, was headed from Houston to New York on June 12, but was diverted to Lake Charles after two flight attendants were seriously injured when the craft hit turbulence over Winnie, Texas, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary accident report.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-724, carried five crew members and 76 passengers, the report says. Two passengers were also taken to the hospital after the aircraft was emptied, said Heath Allen, Lake Charles Regional Airport executive director.
“The incident is still under investigation,” said Lynn Lunsford, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.
According to the FAA’s website, about 60 people are injured in turbulence-stricken planes each year in the United States.