Southwest flight diverts to Tampa after turbulence causes injuries

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Southwest flight from New Orleans to Orlando diverted to Tampa Wednesday morning after turbulence caused two people to be injured, an airline spokesperson confirmed to WFLA.com.

Flight 4273 departed Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) at 6:44 a.m. local time and landed at Tampa International Airport (TPA) at 8:56 a.m., according to FlightAware, a flight tracking website.

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“The captain declared an emergency, a requirement to deviate from a filed flight plan, and also requested that paramedics be available when the aircraft arrived to assess any potential injury,” the statement reads.

Both people were taken to medical facilities in the Tampa Bay area, according to the spokesperson. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

Mechanics inspected the plane after it landed.

FlightAware shows the plane left TPA at about 2 p.m. and landed at Orlando International Airport (MCO) just before 2:30 p.m., about 4.5 hours behind schedule.

The airline spokesperson apologized to passengers for the inconvenience, but said “there is no priority higher than the safest operation of every flight.”

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