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5 Hurt in Severe Turbulence on American Airlines Jet

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    An American Airlines flight from Miami to Milan landed at St. John's Airport in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, after five people were hurt amid severe turbulence.

    Three flight attendants and two passengers were taken to the hospital Monday after an American Airlines flight from Miami to Milan encountered severe turbulence and made an emergency landing in Canada.

    The seat belt light was on when the Boeing 767 carrying 192 passengers and 11 crew members encountered turbulence.

    American Airlines flight 206 landed safely at St. John's International Airport in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, where it was met by paramedics, who rushed toward the plane with stretchers and what appeared to be a backboard.

    At least four ambulances and a fire truck were seen on the tarmac. 

    Airline spokesman Ross Feinstein initially said three flight attendants and four passengers were hospitalized, but the airline said in an updated statement Monday afternoon that only two passengers were taken to the hospital.

    Feinstein said the injuries are not life threatening. One flight attendant remained in the hospital early Monday afternoon, according to the airline. The other four people had been released.

    An hour after the plane landed, one ambulance remained.

    Feinstein said the airlines was working on next steps to get the uninjured passengers to Milan.

    "We are taking care of our passengers and crew. A replacement aircraft, along with additional American employees, arrived in Newfoundland. The aircraft will depart for Milan later today," airline officials said in a statement.

    Sara Norris, a spokeswoman for St. John's, said the plane would stay at the airport overnight.