Flight diverted to St. John’s after turbulence causes multiple injuries

Louis Power lpower@thetelegram.com
Published on January 24, 2016

Injuries caused by turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean were treated in St. John’s Sunday night after a flight destined for Milan was diverted.

Injuries caused by turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean were treated in St. John’s Sunday night after a flight destined for Milan was diverted.

The Boeing 767 aircraft — American Airlines flight 206 — left Miami, Fla., 3 p.m. Sunday and was diverted after several people onboard were hurt. The extent of the injuries were not known by press time, but reports suggested crew members and passengers — up to half a dozen — were injured.

Paramedics, the St. John’s International Airport’s emergency response crew and the St. John’s Regional Fire Department responded to the airport. Five ambulances were waiting when the flight landed at 9:36 p.m. At least three people were seen being removed from the plane and put into ambulances.

“As for the extent of the injuries — we wouldn't be able to comment as those on board are still being assessed,” a spokeswoman for St. John’s International Airport Authority told The Telegram shortly after 11 p.m.

Two hundred and three people were on board the flight, including 11 crew members.

— With files from Keith Gosse