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12 injured when airliner hits turbulence

From Devon Sayers, CNN
updated 3:51 PM EDT, Wed April 4, 2012
A passenger is loaded into an ambulance after the landing of United Flight 1727 in Houston, Texas on Wednesday.
A passenger is loaded into an ambulance after the landing of United Flight 1727 in Houston, Texas on Wednesday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Minor injuries reported on United Airlines flight
  • It hit turbulence over Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • The plane was flying from Tampa, Florida, to Houston

(CNN) -- Twelve people suffered minor injuries aboard a United Airlines flight when it encountered turbulence while flying over Louisiana on Wednesday, officials said.

"All 12 patients will be transported to area hospitals as a precautionary measure," according to Houston Fire Department spokesman Erica Duckworth, who said there were no serious injuries.

United Flight 1727 was flying from Tampa, Florida, to Houston with 151 people on board when the incident occurred, which prompted medical crews to meet the airplane when it landed at 7:30 a.m. CT (8:30 a.m. ET).

Images broadcast by CNN affiliate KTRK showed people being carted on stretchers, some in neck braces, away from the aircraft and toward waiting ambulances.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it is monitoring the situation and has not yet decided whether to investigate.

In years past, the board has made recommendations over pilot-induced turbulence, or aircraft oscillations caused by pilot decisions.

It's not clear if that occurred during Wednesday's incident.

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