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Passengers Injured by Turbulence

May 21, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Six passengers were injured, three seriously, when a Continental Airlines DC-10 hit turbulence Thursday over the Pacific Ocean, authorities said.

The other three injuries were minor, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Ambulances met the aircraft, which returned to Los Angeles International Airport, and paramedics boarded the jet. There were 285 people aboard.

Flight 75 was 150 miles out from Los Angeles en route to Honolulu when it encountered moderate to severe turbulence at 33,000 feet, said Mitch Barker, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Seattle.

``We hit a very large air pocket _ it was like a roller coaster ride,″ said passenger Ed Shaw in a telephone interview from his seat. He and his wife were traveling to Hawaii for a wedding.

``The trauma is just hitting some of the people right now,″ Shaw said. ``We’re all just realizing how lucky we all are.″

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