File - In this Jan. 25, 2016, file photo, a passenger talks on the phone as an American Airlines jets sit parked at their gates at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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The plane might seem to bobble or bounce a bit, but rarely does it turn into a serious threat to safety.That, however, is just what happened to an American Airlines flight last weekend, when 10 people were injured as the plane plowed through turbulence on its way toward landing in Philadelphia.About 40 people a year are seriously injured by turbulence in the U.S., according to Federal Aviation Administration figures from the last 10 years.The National Transportation Safety Board requires airlines to report incidents that result in serious injury or death, and FAA uses those reports to tally the number of people hurt by turbulence. But airlines are not required to report injuries unless they require a 48-hour hospital stay or involve certain specific injuries such as major broken bones, burns or organ damage.Seven crew members and three passengers among the 299 people on board were taken to a hospital for treatment.r More than 20 people were injured in August 2016 when a JetBlue plane ran into turbulence in a line of thunderstorms over South Dakota and had to make an emergency landing.Planes can sail into clear-air turbulence without warning, as appeared to happen to the American Airlines flight.
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