Turbulence on United Airlines Flight Injured Passengers

More than 20 people were injured when turbulence disrupted a United Airlines jetliner, which was bound to Los Angeles from Washington on Tuesday. The flight was diverted to Denver.

The twin engine Boeing 777 carried 255 passengers and a crew of 10. Scheduled to leave Dulles International Airport at 5:25 p.m., Flight 967 landed in Denver about 7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

According to reports from the Denver Health Medical Center, most of the injuries were not severe. Twenty-one patients were already transported to five area hospitals.

โ€œMost of the injuries appeared to be moderate head, neck and back injuries,โ€ said Dee Martinez, spokesperson for trauma center Denver Health. โ€œAt this time, paramedics are staying with passengers still to monitor and make sure everything is okay.โ€

It was not known what caused the turbulence or whether it was associated with thunderstorms, which are typical over the Plains states at this time of year.