4 injured when NC-bound Allegiant Air flight takes sudden dive over Florida

Allegiant Air stock photo

Allegiant Air stock photo

FLORIDA — Four people were injured after an Allegiant Air flight en route to Asheville, N.C. took an unexpected dive Monday.

The plane made an emergency landing in Florida.

According to WTSP, the MD-83 hit rough air while flying just south of Jacksonville, Fla., making a sudden dive of several thousand feet in a matter of minutes.

The plane carrying 147 passengers and 6 crew members aboard, hit weather-related turbulence injuring three passengers and a flight attendant.

A crew member was in the middle of drink service when the plane made the sudden dive.

The airline says one passenger was injured by the falling flight attendant, another by the drink cart. A third passenger who was not buckled in, according to his brother, was also transported to the hospital complaining of an injured neck.

The plane made an emergency landing shortly after 4 p.m. Monday at St. Pete/Clearwater Airport.

A new aircraft was flown in to take passengers to Asheville Tuesday morning.

Source: WTSP

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