Turbulence: 7 hurt, American 767 diverts to Newfoundland

Ben Mutzabaugh
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Seven people were injured after severe turbulence hit an American Airlines Boeing 767 flying from Miami to Milan late Sunday.

The aircraft diverted to St. John's, Newfoundland, where it was met by paramedics, according to The Associated Press. American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein tells the news agency four passengers and three flight attendants were taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Feinstein said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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The seat belt sign was on when the 767 encountered turbulence. There were 192 passengers and 11 crew members on the flight.

AP writes "at least four ambulances and a fire truck were seen on the tarmac in St. John's, Newfoundland. Paramedics rushed toward the plane with stretchers and what appeared to be a backboard. An hour after the plane landed, one ambulance remained."

St. John's airport spokewoman Sara Norris tells AP that American's 767 was expected to stay overnight in Newfoundland.

NBC News reports that American was trying to get a new crew to St. John's so the aircraft could continue on to Italy, hopefully later Monday.