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Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 07/20/2010

Flight from Dulles diverted; about 20 hurt

By Terri Rupar

Updated, 12:27 a.m.
About 20 people were hurt, according to The Post's latest.

Updated, 10:48 p.m.

A United Airlines flight from Washington to Los Angeles was diverted to Denver last night after the plane encountered turbulence, and passengers were injured, an airline spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the Boeing 777 twin jet airliner was carrying 255 passengers and a crew of 10 when it left Dulles International Airport.

The Associated Press said about 30 were injured, but The Post could not immediately confirm that number.

The spokesman said in a brief statement that the crew “put safety first” and diverted the flight to get medical attention as quickly as possible for those who were injured.

He said the plane landed at the Denver airport shortly before 8 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

--Martin Weil

Original post:
A Denver fire official says a United Airlines jetliner flying from Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles experienced "significant turbulence," injuring about 30 people onboard, including one seriously.

Denver Fire Department spokesman Eric Tade says the plane was able to land safely at Denver International Airport, where medical crews met the flight. He says one person was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, and the others were being treated at the scene.

United Airlines spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says Flight 967 was carrying 255 passengers and 10 crew members. She says the crew decided to be safe and land in Denver to tend to the injured.

--Associated Press

By Terri Rupar  | July 20, 2010; 10:27 PM ET
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