Plane Returns To Newark Airport After Strong Turbulence; 5 Flight Attendants Hurt

Turbulence Alert

Five flight attendants were hurt, with one complaining of severe back pain, after a Beijing-bound flight that took off from from Newark Liberty International Airport hit turbulence about 30 minutes after takeoff, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said today.

Flight 89 returned to the airport about 4:30 p.m., the spokesman, Ron Marsico said.

A United Airlines spokeswoman said the aircraft, which took off at 12:40 p.m., was carrying 189 passengers and 16 crew members. None of the passengers was injured, Marsico said.

Emergency workers treated the flight attendants at the scene for minor bumps and bruises. All five were taken to area hospitals, he said.

Passengers were offered hotel rooms in Newark and will be flying out tomorrow, the United spokeswoman said.

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