A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after encountering severe turbulence during a storm.
Five passengers suffered minor injuries and three were taken to hospital, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The plane was travelling between John Wayne Airport in Southern California and Seattle when it was diverted to Reno.
One passenger posted on Twitter that the plane did two nosedives, but the crew “handled it perfectly”.
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“It literally just happened,” Dave Macias, who was onboard the flight, told KCAL9.
“I mean, a flight attendant was in the aisle, doing drink service, you know, when it started. We just saw the drink cart go up in the air. The flight attendant was tossed around like a rag doll. It was wild.”
Macias said two of the injured were a mother and daughter who were in the bathroom when the turbulence hit.
“I looked back toward the back and she was walking out of the bathroom with blood all over her face,” he said.
“We apologize for this experience as we get customers to Seattle,” the airline said in a statement.
According to the Daily Mail, the National Weather Service warned pilots of “‘downright dangerous flying conditions with moderate to extreme turbulence”.
“This is a particularly dangerous situation for aviation in the lee of the Sierra over the next few days.”