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Turbulent flight diverted to Buffalo after two attendants are injured

Severe turbulence during a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Boston on Thursday night forced the pilot to divert the plane to Buffalo Niagara International Airport so that two injured flight attendants could receive hospital treatment.

Southwest confirmed the incident in a statement.

New England Cable News in Boston reported that the flight attendants were hurt when the plane suddenly descended, causing them to be thrown around inside the cabin.

One of the attendants, who was pregnant, was preparing beverages in the back of the Boeing 737 at the time of the turbulence, NECN reported, quoting passengers on the flight.

The flight attendants suffered head injuries and were taken by ambulance to Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, said C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which operates the airport. The plane landed at the Buffalo airport in Cheektowaga at about 9:30 p.m., Hartmayer said.

No other injuries were reported, he said.

The statement from Southwest said that injured crew members were treated and released from the hospital Friday morning.

“A replacement crew continued the operation of Flight 2386 and the 143 customers were accommodated on another aircraft to continue their journey to Boston, arriving about four hours behind their schedule,” the statement said.

Hartmayer said the replacement aircraft left the Buffalo airport shortly after midnight.