Turbulence Injures Five Aboard Miami-Bound Flight
At least five passengers sustained minor injuries after an American Airlines flight traveling from Grenada to Miami encountered turbulence Thursday morning, the airline confirmed in a statement to CNN.
"Five passengers were transported to a local hospital to receive medical attention for minor injuries. American has deployed CARE team members to provide support for the injured passengers," airline spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said in a statement.
The Airbus A319, which was carrying 74 passengers and five crew members, landed without issue at Miami International Airport shortly before noon ET Thursday.
Masvidal also said the seat belt sign was illuminated at the time the turbulence occurred.
American said that the pilots of Flight 982 were unaware of any turbulence up ahead in the flight path, which impacted the aircraft at an altitude of 36,000 feet approximately 80 miles south-southwest of Nassau, Bahamas.
Despite the proximity to Hurricane Joaquin, airline officials said the incident was completely unrelated, as the storm system was located more than 200 miles south-southeast of Nassau at the time.
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