Turbulence injures 18 on JAL flight

Thirteen passengers and five crew members aboard a Japan Airlines flight were injured Monday when the Boeing 747-400D jet was jolted by air turbulence near Nagoya, the transport ministry said.

The incident occurred while JAL flight 356, traveling between Fukuoka airport and Tokyo’s Haneda airport, was flying at an altitude of 11,500 meters some 100 km southeast of Nagoya airport, the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry said.

One of the passengers suffered a broken lumbar vertebra; details of the other injuries were not immediately known, the ministry said Monday afternoon.

The injured passengers and crew members were rushed to a hospital after the jet, which had 541 passengers and 15 crew members on board, landed at Haneda airport at 11:24 a.m.