American Airlines makes emergency landing due to turbulence; 2+ injured

 Thursday, December 27, 2018 


American Airlines plane encountered turbulence on Wednesday evening and made an emergency landing at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The plane carrying 79 people was flying from San Luis Potosí International Airport in Mexico to Dallas, when it faced turbulence caused by severe weather in the area. It diverted from its path.





American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein informed that a passenger and a flight attendant were hospitalized with complaints of knee pain and neck pain. Austin-Travis County EMS said that three passengers were hurt and two of them were taken to the emergency room with injuries that were not life threatening so far.





First-responders first got the call at 5:18 p.m. and by 5:50 p.m. the plane landed safely and taxied to the gate as per the airport officials.



American Airlines officials said that the passengers were given hotel rooms for Wednesday night.  They will depart for Dallas/Forth on Thursday.




The Austin Fire Department reported that it may have been damaged because of the turbulence.





Bryce Dubee, the public information specialist for the City of Austin Department of Aviation said that flight diversions such as this one were very common during severe weather. Safety is a top priority in severe weather situations.





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