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7 hurt in severe turbulence on American Airlines jet; plane diverts to Canada

7 hurt in severe turbulence on American Airlines jet; plane diverts to Canada
An ambulance leavesSt. John's International Airport on Sunday in St. John's, Newfoundland. Several people were taken to a hospital after an American Airlines plane from Miami to Milan made an emergency landing after the jet briefly encountered severe turbulence. (Paul Daly / Associated Press)

Seven people were taken to a hospital after an American Airlines plane from Miami to Milan made an emergency landing in Newfoundland after the jet briefly encountered severe turbulence.

The aircraft landed safely in the East Coast Canadian province late Sunday, where it was met by paramedics.

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American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said three flight attendants and four passengers were transported to a hospital for further evaluation. He said none of the injuries are life-threatening.

The seat belt light was on when the Boeing 767 carrying 192 passengers and 11 crew members encountered turbulence.

At least four ambulances and a firetruck 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.

Feinstein said they are working on next steps to get the uninjured passengers to Milan.

Sara Norris, a spokeswoman for St. John's airport, said the plane will stay in St. John's overnight.

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