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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:28 a.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Two injured in flight from Hawai'i to Japan

Associated Press

TOKYO — A Japanese airliner carrying 366 people from Hawai'i to Tokyo encountered sudden turbulence today, causing slight injuries to two passengers, an airline official said.

JALways Flight 71 hit the rough patch over the Pacific about one hour after takeoff from Honolulu, said Yoshiteru Suzuki, a spokesman for Japan Airlines Corp. JALways is a company in the Japan Airlines group.

Cabin attendants were serving beverages to passengers and the no seat-belt sign was illuminated when the turbulence hit, Suzuki said.

One male passenger was injured when he hit his head on a magazine rack, while a female passenger was bruised when she lost her balance on the way to the restroom, Suzuki said.

The two were treated at an airport clinic after the plane landed at Tokyo's international airport at Narita, Suzuki said.

The flight, a Boeing 747, carried 346 passengers and 20 crew members, Suzuki said.