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Flight diverted as turbulence injures passengers

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Turbulence injures 10 on flight from London, England
  • Flight bound for Los Angeles, California, was diverted to Canada
  • Different plane to take uninjured on to Los Angeles
  • Air Travel

(CNN) -- A United Airlines jet en route from London, England, to Los Angeles, California, was diverted Tuesday to Montreal, Quebec, after turbulence injured 10 people aboard, an airline spokeswoman said.

Flight 935 had departed London's Heathrow International Airport bound for Los Angeles International Airport at 10:05 a.m. (5:05 a.m. ET) carrying three pilots, 12 flight attendants and 196 passengers, spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said.

But the Boeing 777, which was to have landed at 1:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. ET), encountered severe turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean and landed instead at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, she said.

The injured people -- nine passengers and a crew member -- were taken to an area hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening and will stay in Montreal.

The remaining passengers and crew were to travel to Los Angeles aboard an aircraft that was being sent to Montreal from Chicago, Illinois, McCarthy said. The airline's website estimated their arrival in Los Angeles at 8:02 p.m. (11:02 p.m. ET).

The jet that encountered the turbulence was to be inspected for possible damage, McCarthy said.

CNN's Alta Spells contributed to this report.