Air Europa flight diverted to Brazil after turbulence leaves 40 injured: Airport


The flight was traveling from Spain to Uruguay when it was diverted to Brazil.

An Air Europa flight from Spain to Uruguay encountered severe turbulence and was diverted to Brazil, officials said.

Flight UX045 encountered “heavy” turbulence on Monday morning and landed safely at Natal International Airport in Sao Goncalo do Amarante, the airline said. According to the airport, the plane requested an emergency landing at 2:32 a.m. local time.

Thirty people were treated at the airport, while 10 had to be transported to the hospital for further evaluation, the airport confirmed to ABC News Monday night.

Air Europa said in an earlier statement that seven people suffered “various degrees” of injuries and there was an “unspecified number of people with minor injuries”.

“Due to the nature of the turbulence and for safety reasons, it was decided to divert the flight to Natal International Airport in Brazil,” the airline said.

According to the airline, the flight had departed from Madrid-Barajas and was en route to Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay, when the incident occurred. The airline said Natal was the closest airport to meet the passengers' medical needs.

Passenger videos showed damage to the plane's cabin and injured passengers in neck braces lying on their backs in the aisle. In one video, a man can be seen hanging from an overhead compartment, although it is unclear how he got there.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was carrying 325 passengers at the time.

Air Europa said the passengers were being transferred to Recife and a plane was due to leave for Madrid on Monday afternoon to pick them up and continue on to Montevideo.

ABC News' Achael Hamar Castano contributed to this report.

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