ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — St. Louis Lambert International Airport is closed indefinitely after strong winds and a possible tornado swept through St. Louis County Friday evening.
Tornado forced winds reportedly pushed American Airlines Flight 699 off the runway. About a hundred passages were inside the plane at the time. They were later rescued.
At a press conference officials said four people were taken to the hospital however their injures are expected to be non-life threatening.
Airport spokesperson Jeff Lea told KMOV-TV high winds caused the glass to break and blow into Concourse C and Terminal One on the upper floors. Minor injuries were reported there.
There also were unconfirmed reports of tornadoes in the Dardenne Prairie and New Melle area of St. Charles County. Residents of Warren County also reported baseball-size hail.
In downtown St. Louis, Busch Stadium officials hurriedly moved several thousand Cardinals fans to a safe area as tornado sirens blared.
See exclusive photos of the damage at Lambert here.
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