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'Severe' Turbulence Injures 15 on Flight to Argentina

Flight 1303 departed Miami just after 9 a.m. Thursday with 192 passengers onboard

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    'Severe' Turbulence Injures 15 on Flight to Argentina
    Aerolíneas Argentinas
    Aerolineas Argentinas says 15 passengers aboard a flight from Miami to Buenos Aires suffered minor injuries after their plane hit turbulence.

    At least 15 people were injured due to "severe intense turbulence" on an Aerolíneas Argentinas flight Thursday from Miami to Buenos Aires, the airline said in a statement.

    Aerolineas described the injuries as "minor." 

    Flight 1303 departed Miami just after 9 a.m. Thursday with 192 passengers onboard. According to the airline, the incident occurred during the so-called "cruise" phase of the flight. 

    Photos and videos shared on social media appear to show the cabin in disarray, with oxygen masks hanging, damage to the cabin's interior and passengers' items strewn across the floor. 

    "Once the turbulence zone was crossed, the crew in charge of the flight was dedicated to assist the injured passengers and to relieve the general state of the 192 passengers," Aerolineas Argentinas said. 

    The airline said it arranged to have a medical team on hand upon arrival at Ezeiza airport on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.  Eight of the passengers were taken in for a second check-up. 

    Turbulence, which can occur when two air masses of different temperature or speed collide, can generate sudden, forceful movements to an aircraft.