12:29 PM EST, January 16, 2013
Three people aboard an American Eagle flight from New Orleans were slightly injured this morning from turbulence the plane ran into as it was descending to land at O'Hare International Airport, officials said.
Flight 3720, a Bombardier CRJ-700, was carrying 26 passengers and a crew of four when it departed Louis Armstrong International Airport at 7:27 a.m. and landed at O'Hare International Airport at 9:31 a.m., according to American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan.
She said the injuries were due to turbulence the plane hit as it was descending from 31,000 to 29,000 feet, she said. The turbulence caused seat belt lights to be activated, she said.Fire officials said three people were injured. One of them was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and the other two refused medical attention, the officials said.
Preliminary reports indicated the people complained of neck and back pain after the plane hit excessive turbulence, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.