China Eastern Airlines hits turbulence, 20 injured

China Eastern Airlines hits turbulence, 20 injured

The airline said on its Weibo account (in Chinese) that the Airbus A330, that had taken off from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, landed safely in Kunming.

The plane landed around 9 am (0100 GMT) today, an hour later than scheduled, according to Xinhua.

"We felt strong turbulence twice and minor turbulence three times", a passenger told Xinhua.

A passenger on board the flight said that the plane experienced two violent bumps and then several smaller bumps that occurred over a 10-minute span. Passengers are said to have suffered bone fractures, scalp lacerations and soft tissue injuries.

The turbulence injured 26 passengers, four of them seriously.




This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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.

This latest incident involving China Eastern happened a week after another plane in the fleet - which was bound for Shanghai - diverted because of a huge hole in a part of its left engine.

China Eastern arranged proper medical services.

China Eastern Airlines made headlines last week after a flight from Sydney to Shanghai was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine became damaged shortly after takeoff. No passengers or crew were injured and the carrier was investigating the incident.

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