United Flight Hits Turbulence, Injuring 30

At least one person is seriously injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 20, 2010 10:08 PM CDT
United Flight Hits Turbulence, Injuring 30
A file photo of a United Airlines jet.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

(Newser) – A fire official says a United Airlines jetliner was diverted to Denver after experiencing "significant turbulence," injuring about 30 people onboard, one seriously. The flight originated in Washington, DC, and was headed to Los Angeles. Denver Fire Department spokesman Eric Tade says the plane was able to land safely at Denver International Airport, where medical crews met the flight. He says one person was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, while others were being treated at the scene.

United Airlines spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says Flight 967 was carrying 255 passengers and 10 crew members. She says the crew decided to be safe and land in Denver to tend to the injured. Mike Fergus of the FAA in Seattle says the plane was over Kansas when it hit the turbulence. (Read more air travel stories.)

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