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Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - Page updated at 05:30 a.m.

Jet plunges 3,300 feet in turbulence; 30 injured


The Associated Press

An airliner flying from Havana to Milan abruptly plunged some 3,300 feet when it hit unusually strong turbulence over the Atlantic on Monday, terrifying passengers and leaving some 30 people aboard with bruises and scrapes, airline officials said.

The flight continued to Milan's Malpensa airport after the plane's captain determined that it suffered no structural damage and two passengers who are physicians found no serious injuries, Giulio Buzzi, head of the pilots division at Neos Air, told Sky TG24 TV.

The ANSA news agency quoted bruised passenger Edoardo De Lucchi as saying meals were being served when suddenly there was `'10 seconds of terror." He recounted how plates went flying and some passengers not wearing seatbelts bounced about.

Buzzi had said that the drop measured some 10,000 feet in a cloudless sky. But Milan daily's Corriere della Sera's web site, quoting Neos official Davide Martini, later reported that the plane first bounced up some 1,650 feet, then dropped about 3,300 feet to 1,650 fee) below the original altitude.

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