Passengers 'Flew Into the Air' in Turbulence That Diverted Flight From Chicago | NBC Chicago

Passengers 'Flew Into the Air' in Turbulence That Diverted Flight From Chicago

Two flight attendants on the Southwest Airlines plane from Chicago to Boston were injured Thursday night

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    Brian Sutherland

    Two flight attendants on a Southwest Airlines plane from Chicago to Boston were injured Thursday night when turbulence forced the flight to divert to Buffalo.

    A Southwest spokeswoman said Flight 2386 from Chicago Midway International Airport to Boston Logan International Airport safely diverted to Buffalo Niagara International Airport after experiencing turbulence midflight. Upon landing, the flight crew was taken to a local hospital to be checked out. 

    The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the Boeing B737 aircraft landed safely in Buffalo around 9:30 p.m. Two flight attendants were reportedly injured.

    A passenger who was on the flight told NBC station necn that the drop was so sharp that some passengers and crew members "flew into the air" and some hit the ceiling of the aircraft.

    A new flight crew was brought in from Baltimore and the 143 passengers boarded another plane to continue their journey to Boston, Southwest said. They arrived around 1 a.m. Friday, about four hours behind their scheduled arrival time.

    The FAA said it is investigating.

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