Turbulence Leaves Passenger, Flight Attendant in Hospital
An American Airlines flight experienced severe turbulence Wednesday that left two people injured.
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According to Austin American-Statesman, American Eagle flight 5781 was traveling from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to Dallas when it experienced heavy turbulence as it attempted to divert to Austin due to adverse weather conditions.
The Bombardier CRJ-900 was carrying 75 passengers and four crew members when it encountered the turbulence that left one passenger and one flight attendant injured.
Once the plane landed safely at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport, it was met by emergency personnel. While three people onboard were evaluated by doctors, only two were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released.
The remaining passengers were deplaned and cleared by Customs and Border Protection agents working at the Austin airport. The carrier provided the impacted travelers with hotel accommodations and booked them on flights to Dallas/Fort Worth Thursday.
Austin fire officials initially said turbulence damaged the plane, but an American spokesperson said the aircraft suffered no damage during the incident.