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Plane veers off runway in Rome, injuring 6

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An ATR-72 turboprop plane went off a runway in Rome on Saturday, resulting in six injuries, including two that were serious.

A Romanian plane carrying 46 passengers veered off a runway during a landing at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport on Saturday, injuring six passengers, an airport official told Reuters.

Two passengers suffered concussions and were transported to a hospital, the official said. The injuries were non-life threatening, a senior official told Italy’s Sky TG24-TV.

Although the cause of the accident remains unclear, strong winds may have been the culprit, pushing the plane into the grass.

The ATR 72 turboprop plane is owned by Romania’s Carpatair airline, based in Timisoara. Its planes leave from Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.  

The airline operates some flights on behalf of Italian flag-carrier, Alitalia, under a contract.