American Airlines jet diverted to Canada after turbulence injures 7

Seven people were hospitalized Sunday night after an American Airlines plane from Miami to Milan ran into heavy turbulence and was forced to make an emergency landing in eastern Canada.

The Boeing 767 landed safely at St. John's International Airport in Newfoundland at around 9:45 p.m. local time.

At least four ambulances and a fire truck were seen on the tarmac. Paramedics rushed toward the plane with stretchers and what appeared to be a backboard.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said three flight attendants and four passengers were transported to hospital for further evaluation. He said he didn't think any of the injuries were life threatening.

The aircraft was carrying 192 passengers and 11 crew members. The airline said the cabin's seatbelt light was on when the jet hit "severe" turbulence.

Feinstein said they are working on next steps to get the uninjured passengers to Milan. Airport spokeswoman Sara Norris said the plane will stay in St. John's overnight.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.