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Purported Deportee Hurt in Fall at LAX

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary

November 22, 2000

LOS ANGELES — A woman who was purportedly being deported to Beijing fell or jumped from a jetway at Los Angeles International Airport, an airport official said.

The woman was taken to UCLA Medical Center after the incident Monday, said Nancy Castles, an airport spokeswoman. The jump or fall occurred from a 30-foot-high jetway that was going to be hooked up to a China Eastern Airlines plane bound for Beijing, she said. The plane took off for Beijing as planned at 1 p.m. without the woman on board.

Airport officials said they were told by China Eastern officials that the woman was being taken back to Beijing, but the circumstances of her presence in the United States were not known, Castles said. She was unable to identify the woman or provide information about her condition.

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