According to officials, “unexpected turbulence” Wednesday led an American Airlines flight from Florida to Tennessee to divert to an airfield in Alabama, injuring eight passengers.
According to a statement from American Airlines, American Eagle Flight 3609, which had 52 passengers, two flight attendants, and two pilots on board, was traveling from Tampa to Nashville when it hit some turbulence.
According to the airline, the Embraer E175 aircraft safely landed at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport at 3:17 CT.
According to American Airlines, six passengers and two flight attendants were brought to a hospital for “further evaluation.”
The injuries were deemed “minimal” by Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service. According to the department, which did not disclose the ages of those affected, several of those sent to the hospital had neck and back injuries.
American Airlines has been contacted by NBC News for comment regarding the condition of the injured.
The Birmingham Airport Authority reported that a different aircraft was needed to transport the remaining passengers and crew to their final destination.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it will investigate the incident.