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Turbulence Forces Plane to Land in St. Louis; 3 Injured

Three people are recovering from injuries after strong turbulence forced a regional airline plane to divert to St. Louis.
Officials with SkyWest Airlines say Flight 3167, operating under American Eagle, was traveling from Atlanta to Chicago on Tuesday evening when it hit severe turbulence, forcing a landing at Lambert Airport.
SkyWest said in a statement that a flight attendant and two passengers were taken to a hospital for evaluation. It wasn’t clear if they were admitted to the hospital.
The airline didn’t immediately respond to an emailed message seeking comment Wednesday.
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Qantas passengers terrified as plane engine ‘blew up in flames’ on way to Melbourne

Nearly two hours after the aircraft took off from Los Angeles International Airport, the pilot was forced to turn around and land.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman Michael Walker confirmed the Qantas flight was forced to land.
“We have been notified of a Qantas flight that took off from Los Angeles and experienced severe engine troubles and was forced to return to Los Angeles International Airport,” he told the Sunday Herald Sun.
A passenger, who asked to remain anonymous, told the publication the “engine blew up in flames two hours into the flight”.
“The plane was then turned back and landed safely but multiple fire trucks were lining the runway when we landed,” the passenger said.
480 passengers were on board the QF94 A480 flight when the pilot was notified that an engine was losing power.
“Friday night’s (local time) QF94 A380 service from Los Angeles to Melbourne turned back to LA because of an issue with one of the aircraft’s four engine,” Qantas spokesman Thomas Woodward said.
“The pilots followed standard procedure, shut down the engine, and the flight landed normally in LA at around 3am local time on Saturday. Engineers are now inspecting the aircraft”.
Passengers had no option but to wait until a replacement flight was available, which was set for midday local time, Mr Woodward said.
Passenger Darren Sudgen described the terrifying moment the engine caught fire.
“There was an explosion from outside. We saw flames and sparks flying past the window,” Mr Sudgen said.
He also said Qantas staff asked passengers to stay the night inside LAX.
“People were told by Qantas staff they will be staying around the airport and that we might be leaving at lunch time tomorrow,” he said.
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STRUCK BY LIGHTNING Virgin Atlantic plane struck by lightning just minutes after taking off from Gatwick Airport

Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 flight VS65 was travelling to Montego Bay when it was hit shortly after take off this morning.
The plane was forced to turn back and re-landed at Gatwick safely.
Gatwick confirmed the plane had been struck by lightning after take off at 11.45am.
Nick Kenton, who is believed to have been on the flight, tweeted a video of smoke billowing from the wing on Twitter.
He said: “My Travels!? Ten mins into a long haul flight & struck by lightening. Currently dumping fuel to try head back to Gatwick #flying #planes #no”.
A Virgin spokesman said: “Our flight VS65 today from London Gatwick to Montego Bay has returned to Gatwick as a precaution due to a suspected lightning strike, and has now landed.
“We are in the process of arranging an alternative aircraft to allow our customers to continue their journey later today, and we would like to thank them for their understanding.”
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