Passengers hurt when China Eastern flight hits turbulence

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 20, 2017

Four of the 26 injured passengers are in a serious condition.

China Eastern issued a statement on Sunday morning, saying that passengers were being provided with medical help, while also reminding travelers to always wear their seat belts when flights are descending to the ground.

An injured passenger said: "We felt strong turbulence twice and minor turbulence three times".

This is the second such incident the airline has encountered this week.

China Eastern didn't specify when or where the turbulence took place.

Passengers onboard flight MU774 suffered injuries including bone fractures when strong turbulence threw them against overhead lockers.

The plane landed around 9am yesterday, an hour later than scheduled, Xinhua reported.

Planes are constructed to withstand turbulence: most modern plane wings flex up to 90 degrees, while some models have sensors to predict rough air that otherwise would not be visible to the pilot. In the span of 10 minutes, the Airbus A330 experienced two violent bumps along with several smaller bumps. "Clear-air turbulence is especially hard to avoid because it can not be seen by pilots or detected by satellites or onboard radar".

The airline said crew members on the flight spotted the damage after take-off and chose to return to Sydney Airport, Chinese media reported.

The nationalities of the other injured passengers are unclear.

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