Flight from Miami to Milan makes emergency landing in Canada

7 taken to hospital after severe turbulence forces emergency landing

MIAMI – An American Airlines flight from Miami to Milan made an emergency landing Sunday in Newfoundland, Canada, after the plane experienced severe turbulence.

American Airlines spokeswoman Alexis Coello said the Boeing 767 had 192 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

The flight took off from Miami International Airport shortly after 3 p.m. and was traveling to Italy when it "briefly encountered severe turbulence," Coello said. 

After the plane made a safe landing at 9:46 p.m. local time, paramedics arrived to evaluate passengers and crew.

Coello said three flight attendants and four passengers were taken to a hospital in Canada for further evaluation.

“We are taking care of our passengers and crew, and we are working on next steps to get them safely to their destination,” Coello said.

Passengers on the flight described the in-flight scare to Canadian television.

"I'm just happy to be alive," one passenger said.

Coello said the seat belt light was on at the time.

"It was pretty intense," another passenger said.