An Air Europa flight from Madrid to Montevideo, Uruguay, was diverted to a Brazilian airport on Monday after encountering severe turbulence, resulting in minor injuries

to 30 passengers, local health authorities reported.

Flight UX045 made an emergency landing at Natal Airport in northeastern Brazil at 2:32 a.m. local time, according to Zurich Airport Brasil, the local airport operator.

The flight was operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, according to FlightRadar24 data.

"Our flight bound for Montevideo was diverted to Natal due to strong turbulence," Air Europa stated on social media. "The plane landed normally, and those injured with varying severity are already being treated."

The health secretariat of the Rio Grande do Norte state, where Natal is located, confirmed that 30 passengers were taken to hospitals in Natal with minor abrasions or orthopedic traumas.

Air Europa announced that a second plane was scheduled to depart from Madrid later on Monday to pick up the passengers and continue the journey to Uruguay. Photo by Alan Wilson, Wikimedia commons.