Five hurt in turbulence on flight diverted to Reno

Published: Feb. 13, 2019 at 2:09 PM PST
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A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Reno Wednesday afternoon after encountering severe turbulence.

Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority confirms three people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries consistent with what would be sustained during severe turbulence. Two more people were hurt, but were not taken to hospitals.

The Compass Airlines flight, flying as Delta, was headed for Seattle from Santa Ana, California when it was diverted to Reno early the afternoon of February 13, 2019.

In a statement, Delta says, "Compass Airlines flight 5763 operating as Delta Connection from Orange County, CA to Seattle diverted to Reno after encountering severe turbulence. The aircraft landed safely and customers exited normally through the main cabin door. Delta is making resources available to take care of and support our customers. We apologize for this experience as we work to get customers to Seattle."

The remaining passengers were scheduled to be flown to Seattle in a Delta plane coming to Reno from Salt Lake City. The flight left Reno at about 7:50 p.m.

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