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Turbulent Flight With Injuries Makes Emergency Landing in Canada

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 25, 2016

Turbulent Flight With Injuries Makes Emergency Landing in Canada

After hitting a patch of severe turbulence, an American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday night in St. John's, Newfoundland, after several crew members and passengers were injured.

According to CBC News, American Airlines Flight 206 was en route from Miami International Airport in Florida to Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy, when the Boeing 767 suffered severe turbulence for a short moment.

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Footage from the flight was captured by Twitter user @Estrada71:

Of the 192 passengers and 11 crewmembers onboard the flight at the time of the incident, seven people were injured, including three flight attendants and four passengers. Upon landing at 9:46 p.m. local time, the injured passengers and crew were transported to Health Sciences Centre in St. John's.

The turbulence began three or four hours into the international flight, and the plane managed to land about an hour after the incident occurred. Passengers onboard reported that the plane rolled and dropped several times, resulting in people in the rear of the plane being injured.

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Passenger Gustavo Canda told CBC News, “I'm just happy to be alive. It was scary. I was just praying the whole time because it was scary.”

The passengers not suffering injuries during the incident stayed at the Delta Hotel in Newfoundland Sunday night, and American Airlines reported the flight will once again take off for its journey to Milan at around 8 p.m. Monday evening.


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