Five American Airlines passengers were hospitalized after their flight from Grenada to Miami hit turbulence on Thursday.
“Five passengers were transported to a local hospital to receive medical attention for minor injuries. American has deployed CARE team members to provide support for the injured passengers,” the airline said in a statement.
The seatbelt sign was illuminated when Flight 982 from Maurice Bishop International Airport in Grenada to Miami International Airport encountered turbulence during the flight. The pilots did not have any indication of severe turbulence in the area, the airline said
The airline also said that the turbulence was not related to hurricane Joaquin. The turbulence occurred approximately 80 miles SSW of Nassau, Bahamas, at 36,000 feet. Hurricane Joaquin was located 230 miles ESE of Nassau.
CNN satellite imagery did not show any thunderstorm activity associated with Joaquin over the area where the turbulence hit.
The flight departed Grenada around 8:22 local time with 74 passengers and a crew of five.
American airlines says the Airbus A319 landed without further incident at 11:58 a.m. EST.