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NTSB to investigate turbulence on United flight from Denver to Montana

By: Associated Press
February 21, 2014 Updated: February 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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photo - DENVER, CO. - June 10: United Airlines 787 Boeing Dreamliner leaving DIA on it's nonstop service from its hub in Denver to Tokyo-Narita. June 10, 2013 Denver, Colorado. (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post)
DENVER, CO. - June 10: United Airlines 787 Boeing Dreamliner leaving DIA on it's nonstop service from its hub in Denver to Tokyo-Narita. June 10, 2013 Denver, Colorado. (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post) 

BILLINGS, Mont. — The National Transportation Safety Board has decided to conduct a full investigation of a United Airlines flight from Denver to Billings that hit turbulence over Wyoming, injuring five people.

NTSB public affairs officer Terry Williams says the agency made the decision Wednesday.

The agency has the plane's flight data and voice recorders. Williams says they will also interview crew members and possibly passengers and gather information from the plane to try to determine what happened on Monday's flight and if there are any recommendations that could prevent a recurrence.

Three crew members and two passengers were injured as people were thrown around the plane during the sudden drop. One flight attendant remained hospitalized after Monday night. United spokeswoman Christen David said Thursday the company would no longer give updates on her out of respect for her privacy.

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