UAE Airlines Turbulence Injures Passengers


United Arab Emirates (UAE) Airlines, which is a subsidiary of Etihad Airways, experienced turbulence leaving more than 30 passengers injured. The mishap, according to BBC News, occurred on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, about 45 minutes away from Jakarta, Indonesia. The turbulence affected an Airbus A330-200 that was on its way from Abu Dhabi to Indonesia.

The incident, which was reportedly captured on video footage obtained from the flight, showed visuals of screaming and crying passengers as the plane shook violently.

Despite the fact that the flight landed safely after the incident, nine passengers and one crew member were injured, thereby, necessitating immediate medical attention. All 10 injured individuals were taken to the hospital and the rest of the passengers were treated by airport paramedics.

Representatives from UAE Airlines, whose turbulence injured the passengers, declined to comment on the severity of the injuries involved while speaking to Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency. However, they did confirm that the shaking damaged the cabin luggage bins. The passengers also said that the oxygen masks were released during turbulence.

Meanwhile, the return flight of UAE Airlines A330-200 has been cancelled for the time being. This was confirmed by Etihad and arrangements are being made for booking alternative flights and providing accommodations.

In the meantime, airport and Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee officials are inspecting the UAE Airlines flight, whose turbulence injured the passengers, the airport said.

By Bashar Saajid
Edited by Leigh Haugh

BBC News: Etihad Turbulence: More than 30 passengers injured
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