American Airlines flight 206 hits severe turbulence, five injured
Passengers have told how they thought "this was it" after their American Airlines plane hit severe turbulence.
According to reports, several people were sent to hospital after flight 206 was diverted to St John's International Airport on its way from Miami to Milan.
The flight is reported to have experienced a short, but severe bout of turbulence which left three flight attendants and two passengers with injuries - two of those were hospitalised.
Overall passengers say it was very scary, severe turbulence came up quickly, just glad to be safe and sound. #cbcnl— Meghan McCabe (@McCabeMeg) January 25, 2016
"I'm just happy to be alive. It was scary," passenger Gustavo Canada told CBC News.
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All the injuries are though to have taken place at the back of the plane, with passengers saying some flight attendants were standing when the turbulence hit.
"It rolled on its side, everything went flying. It was pretty intense," Karen Case, who said the plane dropped twice said,
"I really thought that was it."
Case said people were screaming in shock while flight attendants tried to calm them down.
She also said that some people passed out from the turbulence, and that some needed oxygen masks.
Passengers are believed to have spent the night in St John's while alternative travel arrangements were made.