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TURBULENCE INJURES 21 ON JUMBO JET

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A passenger said it "felt like death" when turbulent weather buffeted a United Airlines jumbo jet, tossing babies in the air and bouncing luggage and a food cart off the ceiling of the plane.

At least 21 people were injured, none seriously, after a DC-10 bound for Chicago from Los Angeles dropped 100 to 200 feet Tuesday while traveling at 37,000 feet over Kansas, officials said.Passengers said at least two babies were pulled from their mothers' arms by the force of the drop, with one plucked out of the air by a man who lunged to catch her. The other woman couldn't find her baby for several minutes, said passenger James Jorgenson, 29, a Racine, Wis., printing engineer.

"There was a woman in front of the plane holding a baby and I saw that baby bounce off the ceiling," he said. "I thought we were done, I thought it was all over, it was that violent. Seats were broken and luggage racks were broken."

"It felt like death," said passenger James Phillips, the president of a Wisconsin equipment company.

Others on United Flight 90, which was carrying 232 passengers and 11 crew members, said they felt as though they were riding in a roller coaster or a dropping elevator.

"Anything that wasn't tied down flew up to bounce off the ceiling," Jorgenson said.

Four people were admitted to hospitals after the plane landed at about 7 p.m. at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, authorities said.