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Rough turbulence injured 15 people and sent passengers flying out of their seats on a United Airlines shuttle flight to San Francisco, and another plane that lost a wheel landed safely here.

United Airlines Shuttle Flight 2036 had taken off from Los Angeles when it encountered the turbulence 24,000 feet above Santa Barbara.

"Everybody went straight to the ceiling," passenger Ronald Kalio said. "There was two stewardesses that spent the rest of the trip in the aisles. They were knocked out."

The seat belt light was not on, United spokesman Joe Hopkins said. The Boeing 737 was carrying 107 passengers and five crew members.

Most of the injuries involved sprains and cuts, United spokesman Matt Triaca said. Thirteen passengers and one flight attendant were treated at hospitals and released. Another flight attendant was kept overnight at a hospital with a head injury and was in stable condition, he said.

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