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Emirates Plane Loses Altitude Over India, 12 Hurt


A passenger plane flying from Dubai to India hit an air pocket Sunday over India, plunging 4,600 meters, injuring more than a dozen people.

The plane dropped from a height of about approximately 7,620 meters before the pilot could bring the aircraft under control.

Aviation officials say some of the injured passengers were not wearing seat belts when the plane fell.

The aircraft carried 361 passengers and 14 crew members.

The Emirates Boeing 777 landed safely at its destination, the southern Indian city of Kochi, where doctors examined the passengers.

An air pocket is a downward air current that causes an aircraft to lose altitude abruptly.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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