A plane going from Costa Rica to Colombia plummeted for a few seconds and had to make an emergency landing in Panama. The captain identified an alert in one of the systems and decided to deviate from the planned route for safety.
The crew followed the established protocols for this type of alert. There were 108 passengers and five crew members on board. Those who were not wearing seatbelts hit the ceiling, as did the coffee carts.
Since those onboard went through an abrupt movement, some passengers and crew had to be seen by airport health authorities. One passenger and three crew members were transferred to a hospital.
Another plane will be provided to take the group to their intended destination this morning. Avianca confirmed that some images of the roof broken by the coffee cart were from this flight.