(MIAMI) — Six crew members aboard an American Airlines flight en route from Brazil to Miami Sunday were sent to the hospital after the flight experienced severe turbulence, airline officials said.
American Airlines Flight 980 was carrying 136 passengers and nine crew members from Brazil’s Recife Airport to Miami International Airport when it was hit with bad turbulence, airport spokeswoman Maria Levrant said.
Passengers said the turbulence occurred about two hours into the eight-hour flight, and came out of nowhere.
The crew was said to be caught by surprise and thus took the brunt of the injuries. One flight attendant was reportedly hit by a food cart that flew into the air, which damaged the plane’s ceiling and then landed on her.
Firefighters from the Miami-Dade Fire Department met the flight when it landed in Miami around 6:30 p.m. local time and took five of the injured crew members to area hospitals.
The sixth injured crew member was treated on the scene, and no passengers were injured, according to ABC News Miami affiliate WPLG. No other information was released about the severity of the crew’s injuries.
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