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26 passengers hurt as plane hits turbulence

China | Jun 19, 2017
At least 26 people were injured, four of them seriously, when a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris hit turbulence on yesterday over southwest China, state media said.

The incident happened when Flight MU744 from Charles de Gaulle Airport was descending to land at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan province, Xinhua news agency reported.

Passengers were treated for bone fractures, scalp lacerations and soft tissue injuries caused by falling baggage or collisions with overhead lockers, it cited local hospitals as saying.

"We felt strong turbulence twice and minor turbulence three times.

The process lasted about 10 minutes," the agency quoted a slightly injured passenger surnamed Zhang as saying.

The nationalities of the other injured passengers were unclear.

China Eastern Airlines said on its official microblog account that it had arranged medical services but gave no other details.

"[We] remind all passengers, for your safety, please fasten safety belts," the post added.

The airline did not respond to questions from AFP.

The plane landed around 9am on Sunday, an hour later than scheduled, according to Xinhua.

"We applauded when the plane landed safely. We feel lucky the plane did not crash," an injured passenger surnamed Shang was quoted as saying.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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