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Turbulence blamed for 7 in-flight injuries

PERTH, Australia, June 22 (UPI) -- Turbulence was to blame for seven injuries aboard a Qantas flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia, airline officials said.

Qantas officials said in a statement Flight QF68 encountered "severe turbulence" over Borneo, north of Darwin, about four hours after departing Hong Kong, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Tuesday, local time.

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Six passengers and one crew member sustained minor injuries and were treated on board, ABC said. The flight was carrying 206 passengers and 13 crew members.

The airplane is an Airbus A330, the same type involved in the Air France jetliner crash in earlier this month that killed 228 people. It landed in Perth as scheduled.

David Epstein, director for Qantas corporate and government affairs, said the airline has confidence in the A330.

"There were no indications of any events to do with the aircraft or its systems. It appears to be purely a meteorological event," he said.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it would investigate the incident.

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