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Passengers hurt when NYC-to-Miami flight encounters ‘severe turbulence’

Posted at 1:06 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 13:29:01-05

MIAMI, Fla. – Several passengers and a flight attendant were hurt Friday when their plane encountered “severe turbulence” on its way from New York City to Miami, officials said.

American Airlines Flight 1410 took off from LaGuardia Airport shortly after 8 a.m., according to the airline’s online flight status tracker.

About 40 minutes before reaching its destination, the plane began to shake violently as it flew through an especially rough patch of air, jostling passengers and crew on board, according to a statement from American Airlines. They were flying at about 34,000 feet, according to the FAA.

The flight landed at 11:30 a.m. — it’s scheduled time — without incident, the airline said.

Five passengers were evaluated at the scene and released, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said. A flight attendant was taken to a hospital with a facial injury.