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JAPAN ACCUSES AIRLINE OF SLOWING INVESTIGATION

Japan's Transport Ministry accused United Airlines on Wednesday of slowing the investigation into a jumbo jet's deadly plunge in turbulence by refusing to turn over the passenger list.

United acknowledged there had been confusion over the list -- which it blamed on a deluge of requests from different Japanese agencies.

"We're in the process of providing a current passenger manifest, or passenger list, to the . . . lead Japanese investigating authority," said Richard Martin, a spokesman at United Airlines' headquarters in Illinois. "The National Transportation Safety Board is doing so as well."

The drop, about 1 1/2 hours into the plane's flight from Tokyo to Honolulu on Sunday, killed a Japanese woman and injured 102 others. Twelve people remain hospitalized.

The safety board is to inspect the Boeing 747, which left for Las Vegas Wednesday night from Tokyo.

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