HOUSTON—Storms were not the only trouble over Houston Tuesday night. Around 8:40 p.m., United Airlines Flight 1632 encountered extreme turbulence shortly after takeoff.
"It was kind of a chaotic scene," Jeff Hornback, of Cypress, said. He was among 76 passengers onboard.
The Boeing 737 had just taken off from Bush Intercontinental and was bound for New York LaGuardia when weather forced an emergency landing.
The plane ended up in Lake Charles, La., and it was not a smooth ride.
"Several people flew up and hit the ceiling of the plane and then slammed down to the floor of the plane," Hornback said.
A spokeswoman for United said that five people were injured, including three crew members. Some of them were rolled off the plane on stretchers. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
The airline sent a relief crew from Houston, so that the flight could continue. It left Lake Charles around 2:30 a.m. and landed in New York just after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Hornback skipped that flight and took a rental car home. He said he wasn’t sure when he’d be ready to fly again.