A passenger and a flight attendant were hospitalized after an American Airlines flight hit heavy turbulence and was diverted to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Wednesday night.
Flight 5781, an American Eagle flight operated by Mesa Airlines, landed safely in Texas after encountering weather issues, American Airlines told USA TODAY.
The plane was carrying 75 passengers and 4 crew members and departed from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, en route to Dallas/Fort Worth.
American Airlines stated: “During the diversion to Austin, the flight encountered turbulence. The Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft landed safely at 5:39 p.m. CT, and taxied to the gate.”
The passenger and flight attendant were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from Austin-Travis County EMS. Both were released later Wednesday night.
All passengers were cleared by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Austin and were provided with hotel accommodations before traveling to Dallas/Fort Worth Thursday, airport officials told CBS News and the Austin Statesman.