FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) -- A flight heading to an airport in Pittsburgh was diverted to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport due to severe turbulence.
According to Allegiant Airlines, flight G4-7001, a charter plane, had departed from the Punta Cana International Airport and was headed to Pittsburgh International Airport when it hit severe turbulence and injured three passengers and four crew members, at approximately 1:37 p.m. After reports of severe injuries and turbulence surfaced, the plane was diverted to FLL.
The flight landed safely in Fort Lauderdale at 2:43 p.m. Emergency medical personnel met the plane and tended to the passengers and crew.
A total of seven people were hurt, including four flight attendants and three passengers. Five of these people had to be taken to the hospital. Some suffered minor injuries while others had to be taken to the hospital to get checked out.
"Those injuries range from bruises to lacerations, facial fractures and head injuries. The most serious is one of the flight attendants. However, none of the injuries are life-threatening," said Mike Jachles of the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.
There were 137 passengers and 6 crew on board.
Passengers who were not injured were cleared through customs. Allegiant Airlines is currently working to accommodate all passengers and develop a plan for getting them safely to their original destination, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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