Matthew McConaughey and his wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, had a scary ride on Wednesday aboard a flight from Austin, Texas, to Frankfurt, Germany. The Lufthansa flight experienced extreme turbulence and the plane was diverted to an airport in the Washington, DC area.
The model, entrepreneur and philanthropist shared the NBC News story of seven injured on board the flight, writing on Instagram, “Yeap…this flight we were on…”
She shared a video of the “turbulence” in the cabin of the Airbus A330. There was food all over the floor, as well as napkins and plates, presumably knocked over during the flight.
“I was told [the] plane fell nearly 4,000 feet,” wrote Alves McConaughey. Seven people went to hospital. Everything flew in all directions.”
She said out of respect for their fellow passengers that she didn’t show other people in her video, “but the plane was CHAOS – and the turbulence [kept] come to.”
The Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating, told Yahoo Entertainment: “Lufthansa Flight 469 was diverted to Dulles International Airport and landed without incident around 9:10 p.m. local time on Wednesday, March 1, after the crew reported experiencing severe turbulence at 37,000 feet above Tennessee.”
NBC News said seven people were taken to local hospitals, though details of their injuries were not provided. The airline said in a statement to the outlet: “Lufthansa regrets the inconvenience caused to passengers. The safety and well-being of passengers and crew members is Lufthansa’s top priority at all times.”
As for the McConaugheys – who live in Austin with their three children – they spent the night at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott. She said they “reached the bar 1 minute before closing” and “slept well”, thanking the hotel staff for the last-minute accommodations.
The pair were rebooked on a flight the next day – and it wasn’t exactly a smooth flight either. She shared video from that flight saying the pilot just told them to expect 45 minutes of turbulence leaving Washington, D.C.
“Just my luck,” she said.