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Eight Hospitalized as Cathay Pacific Jet Hits Turbulence

<p>"I was thrown out of my seat," one Cathay Pacific passenger tells local TV.</p>
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Eight people were hospitalized after a Cathay Pacific Airways jet that departed from San Francisco ran into severe turbulence over Japan late Tuesday.

"It was like a roller coaster,” one passenger identified only as Mr Wu told local TV. “I was thrown out of my seat. Some passengers on aisle seats were thrown up and hit the overhead lockers. The passenger sitting in front of me was hit by luggage falling from the overhead locker.”

Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday that six passengers and two crew members were taken to the hospital after the jet landed in Hong Kong. Another passenger who sustained an injury didn't require hospitalization.

The 747-400, which departed from San Francisco, was carrying 321 passengers and a crew of 21. It encountered the turbulence near Hokkaido.

The company later tweeted that it was working with authorities to investigate the incident.

It was the second time in two days that airline passengers were injured by severe turbulence.

Three flight attendants and two passengers were taken to the hospital – including one of them who was listed in critical condition – after a United Airlines jet ran into severe turbulence on a flight from Denver to Billings, Montana, on Monday.

"One of our flight attendants remains hospitalized," United spokeswoman Christen David told the Billings Gazette newspaper late Tuesday. "We are providing her support."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.