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18 hurt as plane hit by turbulence: Japan police

world Updated: Feb 20, 2010 19:58 IST

Eighteen people were injured, with one breaking a leg, when a passenger plane hit turbulence en route from Tokyo to Washington, Japanese police said on Saturday.

The United Airlines Boeing 747-400 was carrying 245 passengers and crew when it hit turbulence over Alaska, seven hours from Tokyo's Narita airport, a police officer at the airport said.

Police initially said more than 20 people were hurt, but later revised that figure down to 18, including at least one person who suffered a broken leg.

Footage broadcast by NHK showed rescuers carrying some of those injured from the plane. It reported three people were hospitalised.