PHOTO: A security screening line at Denver International Airport. (Photo via Flickr/Melissa Gutierrez)
On Monday, a plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver after hitting severe turbulence that left several passengers injured.
According to The Associated Press, American Airlines Flight 1296 was en route from San Diego to Chicago when the plane experienced intense turbulence, forcing the pilot to call for an emergency landing at Denver International Airport.
The plane touched down safely in Denver at about 5:35 p.m. Monday, but a spokesperson for the airport, Heath Montgomery, told The AP that five passengers suffered injuries. There were 148 passengers and six crew members onboard at the time of the turbulence.
While three of the passengers had to be checked by medical personnel at the airport, two others were taken to a local hospital with more serious injuries. The injuries to the passengers were described as not life-threatening.
A spokesperson for American Airlines said the passengers were scheduled on another flight to Chicago, which departed later Monday night.
In a similar incident, seven passengers aboard a China Eastern Airlines flight landing in Australia suffered injuries when the plane was hit by severe turbulence. All seven of the injured passengers needed hospital treatment following the landing.