China Eastern Airlines flight hits turbulence, at least 26 injured

Terry Joseph
June 20, 2017

The plane made it to its destination about an hour later than it was scheduled to on Sunday, according to 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. Others were injured when luggage jostled out of the overhead bins and fell on top of them, the local hospitals say.

In the end, the plane landed safely in Kunming while passengers inside suffered from broken bones, cuts to the head and a variety of minor injuries.

The exact number of injured passengers was being verified, Xinhua said. At least four people are in a serious condition.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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26 people are reported to have been injured when a plane hit turbulence over China. "Many people were injured, and among them, many had not buckled up".

"I was on the flight, and I felt like I would not survive", one passenger wrote on Weibo, a Chinese social media site, according to South China Morning Post.

The company did not specify how long or where the turbulence occurred on the flight. No one aboard the twin-engine Airbus A330 was injured.

China Eastern Airlines confirmed the incident on its official microblog account on June 18. We remind all travelers to please fasten their seat belts during the entirety of each trip.

A week ago, a China Eastern Airlines flight to Shanghai had to turn back to Sydney after a technical failure which left a hole in an engine casing.

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