WATCH: 14 injured after winter storm creates violent turbulence on American Airlines flight

Posted at 6:53 PM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-17 15:30:05-05

An American Airlines plane en route from Seoul, South Korea to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas diverted to Narita, Japan, Tuesday after several passengers and crew were injured by turbulence during the flight.

American Flight 280 departed Incheon International Airport near Seoul in route to Dallas-Fort Worth when an intense winter storm shook the cabin and caused injuries that forced the aircraft to divert.

Medical personnel have been able to evaluate the 14 passengers and crew members who asked for medical attention, said American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely in statement.

“Four passengers and one crew member have been transported to local hospitals for further observation and treatment,” she wrote. None of the injuries were life threatening.

The flight will not continue on to Dallas-Fort Worth on Tuesday, Huguely said.


“Passengers have been transported to hotels and will continue their travel to DFW tomorrow (Wednesday),” she wrote. “Our team in Tokyo will continue to provide all necessary support to take care of our passengers and crew.”

American Airlines said the plane is a Boeing 777 carrying 240 passengers and a crew of 15.

The Weather Channel reports that an intense winter storm is developing over Japan, with blizzard warnings in northern and western sections of the country.

“Note there is a very strong storm, similar to a Nor’easter, just east of Japan which is causing severe turbulence in the region,” said Brandon Miller, Senior Meteorologist for CNN International.