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Airplane's plunge is investigated

October 08, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Australia's air safety bureau is investigating a Qantas airplane's sudden loss of altitude, which injured 70 people, some of whom suffered broken bones, spinal trauma or cuts.

The A330-300, carrying 303 passengers and 10 crew members from Singapore to Perth, Australia, was forced to make an emergency landing in Learmonth, Australia.

Passenger Ben Cave of Perth said he did not have his seat belt fastened and he slammed into the cabin roof when the plane plummeted, but "only got a few bruises and strains."

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