(Adds details of turbulence, number of passengers aboard)
DENVER, July 20 A wide-body United Airlines
UAUA.O jet shaken by severe turbulence was diverted on
Tuesday to Denver International Airport with at least 25 people
injured on board, officials said.
United Flight 967 hit the turbulence over Kansas after
taking off from Dulles International Airport outside
Washington, D.C., en route to Los Angeles, Federal Aviation
Administration and airline officials said.
"There were storms in the area," United spokeswoman Jean
Medina told Reuters.
The flight crew "immediately diverted the aircraft to
Denver to get medical attention as quickly as possible for
those who are injured," she said.
Medina said 255 passengers and 10 crew members were on
board the plane, a twin-engine Boeing 777 (BA.N).
Eric Tade, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said
the plane landed safety shortly after 7 p.m. local time and
that about 30 people were injured, one of them seriously.
Medina said she knew of 25 people taken to hospital but did
not know the nature and extent of their injuries.
The plane was not damaged by the turbulence, officials
(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Additional reporting
and writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Peter Bohan and John