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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities said a Florida-bound plane turned back to Philadelphia after encountering severe turbulence that injured six passengers.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the turbulence encountered by the Orlando-bound US Airways flight Sunday lasted only a few seconds, but four passengers and two flight attendants reported injuries.

The pilot then turned back to Philadelphia. The airline said five people were taken to hospitals and their conditions were unknown, but none of the injuries appeared life-threatening.

US Airways spokesman Bill McGlashen said the seat belt sign was still on at the time of the turbulence, which occurred when the plane was at 17,000 feet.

Airport spokeswoman Stacy Jackson said another plane took off at 8 p.m. Sunday to carry the passengers to Orlando.

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