An American Airlines passenger was hit in the head by a food cart that came loose during landing, the FAA says
- A plane passenger was struck by a food cart that came loose during landing, according to the FAA.
- The incident happened aboard an American Airlines Airbus A321 while it was landing in Rhode Island.
A passenger was struck in the head by a food cart aboard an American Airlines flight, according to a Federal Aviation Administration incident report.
The food cart aboard American Airlines flight AA2566 "came loose" while the plane was landing at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport, which serves Providence, on September 28, according to an update on the regulator's Incident Notification board posted early the following day.
The passenger, who received a minor injury, was the only person injured in the incident, per the FAA.
The Airbus A321, which had the registration N172US landed at 10:30 p.m., after departing Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina just under two hours earlier, per the flight tracking service Flight Aware. The plane and flight have continued to operate as normal since the incident.
A spokesperson for the FAA confirmed to Insider that the American Airlines flight safely landed "after the crew reported a passenger medical emergency." The Federal Aviation Administration does not identify people in aircraft incidents, they said.
A spokesperson for American Airlines told the Insider that two customers were transported to the hospital for further evaluation following the incident, which happened when a galley cart "inadvertently came loose." It is not clear if the second passenger mentioned by American Airlines was injured, or merely accompanied the injured passenger mentioned by the FAA to the hospital.
"Our team has been in contact with customers who were affected to apologize. The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority and we are reviewing this issue," the spokesperson said.
Incidents like the one on AA flight 2566 are, thankfully, a rarity, though in August, a Southwest flight attendant suffered a broken back during a landing, which was so hard that she thought it had crashed.
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