Severe turbulence that shook a Cathay Pacific Airways flight over Japan on Wednesday injured nine people aboard the Boeing 747.
According to The Associated Press, Cathay Pacific Airways said two crew members and six passengers were taken to hospital after the jet landed in Hong Kong on Tuesday evening. Another passenger who sustained an injury didn't require hospitalization.
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The 747-400, which departed from San Francisco, was carrying 321 passengers and a crew of 21. It encountered the turbulence near Hokkaido around noon Hong Kong time Tuesday.
Cable News television showed one passenger being taken away in a stretcher.
A passenger surnamed Wu told local TV news channels he felt like he was a on a roller coaster during the turbulence, which lasted two minutes. He said some passengers were thrown out of their seats and hit the overhead bins.
The incident came just a two days after a flight from Denver to Billings, Mont., hit severe turbulence causing injuries to five people and tossing a baby from its mother's arms
into a nearby seat. The child was not injured.
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