Twenty six hurt after China Eastern Airlines flight caught in turbulence

Audrey Hill
June 20, 2017

Turbulence shook the aircraft seriously enough to injure almost two dozen people, some of whom required immediate treatment at local hospitals after landing.

Passengers aboard an overnight flight from Paris to China got a rude awakening on Sunday when their aircraft hit heavy turbulence en route to China.

"China Eastern Airlines said on its official micro blog account: "(We) remind all passengers, for your safety, please fasten safety belts".

A slightly injured passenger surnamed Zhang was quoted as saying: "We felt strong turbulence twice and minor turbulence three times".

Xinhua said (in Chinese) that two violent bumps and many small bumps occurred over about 10 minutes.

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The China Eastern flight was travelling from Paris to Kunming in southwest China, the South China Morning Post reports.

A China Eastern Airlines plane departs from Hongqiaou Airport in shanghai, February 8, 2015. Passengers suffered broken bones, soft tissue injuries and even cuts to the scalp. One passenger told Xinhua that the plane was almost full.

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.

It's unclear when exactly the turbulence struck.

Just a week earlier, a China Eastern flight from Sydney to Shanghai was forced to turn around after its flight crew noticed a hole in the plane's engine just moments after taking off.

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