26 injured as plane from Paris hits turbulence in China

A huge hole in a part of the left engine of an Eastern Chinese airplane
A huge hole in a part of the left engine of an Eastern Chinese airplane
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20 June, 2017

At least 20 people on a China Eastern Airlines flight were injured after it hit turbulence before arriving at Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

The plane landed around 9am yesterday, an hour later than scheduled, Xinhua reported.

During that time, passengers suffered broken bones, cuts and other injuries as some hit the overhead bins and others were struck by falling luggage, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Another passenger said: "We applauded when the plane landed safely".

The exact number of injured passengers was being verified, Xinhua said. "Many people were injured, and among them, many had not buckled up".

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The incident came a week after another China Eastern Airlines flight bound for Shanghai was forced to turn back to Sydney when one of its engines sustained severe damage shortly after take-off. Four of those injured were in serious condition. Twelve people were sent to People's First Hospital of Yunnan after emergency medical crews at the airport triaged people disembarking.

China Eastern didn't specify when or where the turbulence took place.

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

On its online Weibo account, China Eastern Airlines said it had arranged medical services for the flight's passengers, without confirming details of the injuries.

Images show a gaping hole across the engine casing of the Airbus A330, which departed at 8.30pm on June 11.


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