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Turbulence injures 26 on flight

MIAMI (AP) - More than two dozen people were hurt when a
Continental Airlines jet hit turbulence on a flight from Brazil to
Texas, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Miami
early Monday, officials said.

Four people were seriously injured and another 22 were in stable
condition with bumps and bruises, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman
Elkin Sierra said.

Continental Flight 128 was traveling from Rio de Janeiro to
Houston with 168 people on board when it was diverted, Miami
International Airport spokesman Marc Henderson says.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says
the plane landed safely at 5:30 a.m. The plane reported hitting
severe turbulence at 4:30 a.m.

Henderson said those not seriously injured would be flown on to
Houston, probably on the same plane.

Houston-based Continental did not immediately respond to
messages left for a spokesman.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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