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At least 26 passengers injured on a flight of China Eastern Airlines due to turbulences

  • Written by James Prewitt
  • Published in Asia

At least 26 people were injured, four seriously, on the flight MU774 of China Eastern Airlines, from Paris to Kunming, due to air turbulences. Passengers suffered broken bones, cuts to the scalp and soft tissue injuries. They had been told to fasten their seat belts during the flight, but it seems not everyone complied.

The company did not specified how long or where the turbulence occurred on the flight. Xinhua news state agency said  that two violent bumps and many small bumps occurred over about 10 minutes. Other passengers on flight MU774 also reported feeling unwell .“I felt like I would not survive," one of the passengers said after landing. "We applauded when the plane landed safely. We feel lucky the plane did not crash," said an injured passenger.

Kunming-Airport
Kunming Changshui International Airport

The airline said hat the Airbus A330, that had taken off from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, landed safely in Kunming, the capital of China’s southern Yunnan province, an hour later than scheduled, at Changshui International Airport. Those who needed medical help have been sent to the hospital. None of the passengers received life-threatening injuries, according to the First People’s Hospital of Yunnan Province. Last week, a China Eastern flight bound for Shanghai had to make an emergency landing when one of its engines was severely damaged soon after take-off at Sydney, Australia.

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