Severe turbulence has injured 27 passengers on a flight to Bangkok. What we know so far. The flight was an Aeroflot carrier. The flight left Moscow and was bound for Bangkok, Thailand. It certainly has not been a good period for airlines. The lawsuit between a man and the carrier United has been settled out of court. Following this there have been many incidents on different flights which have been picked up by news sources.
- Severe turbulence hit Aeroflot flight an hour before landing in Bangkok, Thailand
- At least 20 people – including three babies – suffered major injuries in turbulence
- Up to 27 people injured
- Video shows people thrown out of their seats and food strewn around the cabin
- Injuries included broken bones while some had internal and external bleeding
Vladimir Sosnov, deputy head of Russian Consulate in Thailand, said: ‘The injured suffered multiple fractures. There are both Russian and foreign citizens among them.’
He said: ‘Apparently, those who were injured did not have their seat belts fastened.’
The plane – a Boeing 777 – packed with tourists – hit several successive areas of turbulence en route to Bangkok.
The flight crew kept control of the aircraft and the injured passengers were rushed to hospital on arrival in the Thai capital.
A source said 19 people were hospitalised in Bangkok, with two undergoing urgent surgery.
Others were treated with first aid after the incident on board flight SU 270.
A source told Interfax: ‘A Boeing 777 plane suddenly got into the zone of strong turbulence before starting to descend.
‘There had been no order to fasten seat belts at that moment.
‘As a result, the plane was jolted by hundreds of metres, and some passengers were thrown into the space between the chairs suffering traumas.’
The Russian embassy is providing assistance to the injured passengers.
Aeroflot later said that none of the passengers suffered serious spinal injuries, despite earlier reports.
However, 17 remained in hospital with ‘contusions’ and ‘fractured or broken bones’.
The airline agreed to pay all medical costs of the injured.
The airline said: ‘An experienced crew piloted the flight.
‘The pilot has more than 23 thousand flight hours, and the co-pilot has over 10,500 flight hours.
‘However, the turbulence that hit the Boeing 777 was impossible to foresee.
‘The incident was caused by what is known in aviation as ‘clear-air turbulence’.
‘Such turbulence occurs without any clouds, in clear skies with good visibility, and weather radar is unable to alert of its approach. In such situations, the crew is unable to warn passengers of the need to return to their seats.’