According to passengers aboard a flight that experienced severe turbulence, the cabin crew allegedly instructed them to erase any evidence they had after the plane made an emergency landing.
It was recently disclosed that on March 1, the Lufthansa flight from Austin, Texas to Frankfurt, Germany encountered "significant turbulence," resulting in mayhem for the passengers and crew.
The Airbus A330 was flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet over Tennessee when it was abruptly rerouted and forced to make an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey's wife, was among numerous passengers who posted videos of the chaotic scenes.
The model's brief video displays the aftermath of the nerve-wracking incident, revealing bread rolls, napkins, and plates strewn across the floor after they fell from the plane's food service.
According to authorities, upon landing in Virginia, seven individuals aboard the flight were transported to nearby hospitals, although Michael Cabbage, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, stated that the injuries were presumed to be minor.
Rolanda Schmidt, who spoke to Insider, was one of those who suffered physical consequences and accused the staff of attempting to persuade passengers to erase all photographs and videos of the occurrence.
Reflecting on the distressing incident, she recounted that she struck her head twice - once on the tray table compartment on the seat in front of her when the plane initially plummeted, and again when it abruptly ascended, causing her to launch out of her seat and collide with the ceiling.
Schmidt told the outlet: "It felt like it hit the eye of a tornado. It would not stop. I thought we were going down."
The traveler continued by stating that everyone aboard was either shrieking or in tears, further adding: "It was one of those moments where within five-to-ten minutes of processing, you knew you were going to die and we didn't know if we were going to make it safely anywhere."
"It felt like the insides of your body were being shaken out."
Upon the safe landing of the flight, Schmidt alleges that a flight attendant utilized the loudspeaker to instruct individuals to "delete all your pictures and videos."
She contends that the same member of the cabin crew made a second announcement, suggesting that it was intended to safeguard the privacy of other passengers.
"I think we were all just like, 'What?!'" Schmidt said. "That's not the way that it came across, saying 'delete all of your pictures' and all of that."
What exacerbated the confusion was that it appeared individuals were not filming those around them, but instead the clutter that was left in the cabin.
Furthermore, Schmidt implied that the injuries were downplayed, as she had suffered a concussion, a bruised arm, and a possible hip fracture.
An additional passenger who was on the same flight confirmed the accusations about erasing evidence to Insider.