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Northwest flight hits turbulence, 2 hurt

/ Source: The Associated Press

A flight attendant and a passenger were injured aboard a Northwest Airlines plane when it hit turbulence during a flight from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Detroit Tuesday, an airline spokesman said.

Joe Williams, spokesman for Memphis, Tennessee-based Pinnacle Airlines, which operated Flight 2871, said the regional jet took encountered turbulence 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of Louisville, Kentucky, at 30,000 feet (9,144 meters). It was forced to land at Louisville International Airport about an hour later. About 24 passengers were aboard the CRJ200, Williams said.

Williams said the flight attendant was taken to a hospital. He didn't know the extent of the injuries, but described them as minor.

Severe thunderstorms plagued Kentucky on Tuesday, causing flooding and power outages.

On Monday, 26 passengers were injured when turbulence rattled Continental Flight 128 over the Atlantic. The Boeing 767 was on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Houston and made an emergency landing in Miami. Four passengers were seriously injured when the jetliner began to plunge and shake violently, hurling passengers over seatbacks and slamming them against luggage bins.