Severe turbulence sends American Eagle crew to the hospital

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Two cabin crew members were hospitalized after severe turbulence aboard an American Eagle flight send a beverage cart crashing into the jet’s ceiling.

Flight 3358 was en route from Dallas-Fort Worth to Memphis, Tennessee, when it was diverted to Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday.

According to one witness, the beverage cart flew into the air and landed on a flight attendant.

Passenger Don Paul told NBC affiliate WMC that some aboard the Embraer E175 even worried that the aircraft would crash.

“This guy behind me, he’s saying, ‘Are we going down? Are we going down?'” Paul recalled. “He goes, ‘I have kids.’ I look back and say, ‘Sir, this aircraft is 100 percent safe and everything is fine.'”

The flight, operated by Envoy Air, landed safely at 12:02pm local time.

Both of the flight attendants were released from the hospital after a short observation period.

“The American pilot should be commended,” passenger Casey Green told NBC News early Thursday. “He went out of his way to reiterate multiple times during the flight that the air was particularly rough and practically begged people to make sure seat belts were on. This pilot deserves credit.”

The plan was flying through an area that had reported severe weather conditions earlier in the day.