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Turbulence Injures 3 Near Tokyo

November 2, 1999

TOKYO (AP) _ Two passengers and a crew member were injured when a Japan Airlines jumbo jet from Honolulu hit severe air turbulence near Tokyo on Tuesday, a JAL official said.

Airline spokesman Sakae Kitajima said the three, all Japanese women, suffered minor injuries, possibly from hitting seats or the ground.

Kitajima declined to identify the three, who were treated at a clinic at the Tokyo International Airport but were not hospitalized.

JAL flight 73 with 448 passengers and a crew of 17 was preparing to land when it hit the turbulence about 50 miles southeast of the airport, Kitajima said.

He said the Boeing 747 landed safely at 3:27 p.m. (2:27 a.m. EST).

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