Man Dies From Turbulent Flight Injuries
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ An 84-year-old man died of injuries from a turbulent flight aboard a commercial jetliner, authorities said.
Philip Romerstein died ″as a result of trauma suffered during the turbulence,″ said Wayne Arbaczawski, chief investigator for the Palm Beach County medical examiner’s office.
Romerstein, from West Palm Beach, had just left his seat to visit the lavatory Oct. 3 on Eastern Airlines Flight 791 when the turbulence hit, said airlines spokeswoman Karen Ceremsak.
It was not clear if falling luggage, being struck by other passengers, or just simply being tossed about caused the trauma.
Romerstein had been in intensive care until his death Tuesday.
The clear-air turbulence struck at 31,000 feet when the DC-9 was approaching Palm Beach International Airport for a landing.
Thirteen people required medical assistance. Four of them were seriously injured.
Romersteins’s wife, Rose, suffered back injuries. The couple was returning from a visit to Washington for the birth of a great-grandchild.
An investigation determined airline employees followed proper procedures during the flight, said Arlene Salac, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.