Continental jet on Rio-Houston flight forced to land in Miami

MIAMI — A Continental Airlines jet heading from Rio de Janeiro to Houston made an emergency stop in Miami Monday morning after the plane flew through fierce turbulence, injuring several passengers on board.

According to Miami International Airport officials, 26 passengers aboard Flight 128 were hurt when the plane experienced turbulence that violently rocked the plane.

Fourteen of the injured were taken to local hospitals, fire rescue officials said, with four in serious condition at the time. The rest were treated on the scene.

Eight of the injured were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, with a variety of injuries, including minor head injuries and lacerations, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

By midday, two had been released and six others were listed in fair condition.

The Boeing 767 left Rio about 9:45 p.m. Sunday and was to land in Houston at 6 a.m. local time. The plane was about an hour from Miami when it hit turbulence.

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