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Turbulence Rattles Japan Flight

October 21, 2002

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TOKYO (AP) _ Seventeen people were injured Monday on a domestic Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo after the jet hit severe turbulence, a company spokesman said.

The 10 passengers and seven flight attendants, all Japanese, were rushed to Tokyo hospitals after the flight landed, according to Geoffrey Tudor, a spokesman for Japan’s largest airline.

The 556 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 747-400 were traveling from the city of Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu, 562 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Tudor said three people were ``badly hurt″ when the plane hit turbulence as it descended. He said one man suffered a fractured thigh bone.

It was unclear what caused the turbulence, but Tudor said Japan Airlines was not considering additional safety measures.

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