Five people were hospitalized after an American Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence while flying from Seoul to Dallas/Fort Worth.
The Fort Worth-based carrier said American flight 280 diverted to Tokyo after hitting the severe weather. Medical personnel evaluated all of the 240 passengers and 15 crew members on the Boeing 777-200. Four passengers and one crew member were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
“American Airlines Flight 280 will not continue on to DFW today. Passengers have been transported to hotels and will continue their travel to DFW tomorrow. Our team in Tokyo will continue to provide all necessary support to take care of our passengers and crew,” the company said in a statement.
According to the Weather Channel, a powerful winter storm is developing near Japan with a center of low pressure moving towards the Pacific coast of northern Japan.
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“The storm system was developing over the flight path of the American Airlines jet, which appeared to be crossing through a section of powerful jet stream winds. Forecasts from WSI, sister company to The Weather Channel, predicted moderate to severe turbulence in the area of the incident,” the Weather Channel reported.
Here’s the full statement from American.
“American Airlines Flight 280, a Boeing 777-200 from Seoul (ICN) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) diverted to Tokyo (NRT) because of turbulence encountered at altitude during the flight. There were 240 passengers and a crew of 15.
“Medical personnel have been able to evaluate all passengers and crew members asking for medical attention. Four passengers and one crew member have been transported to local hospitals for further observation and treatment. None of the injuries are life-threatening.
“American Airlines Flight 280 will not continue on to DFW today. Passengers have been transported to hotels and will continue their travel to DFW tomorrow. Our team in Tokyo will continue to provide all necessary support to take care of our passengers and crew.”