Turbulence Injures 26 on Flight from Paris to China

By Bridget O'Donnell, June 19, 2017

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At least 26 people were injured after severe turbulence struck an international flight from France to China over the weekend.

China Eastern flight MU774, originating from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, was hit with turbulence as it made its way to Kunming in Yunnan province. In the span of 10 minutes, the Airbus A330 experienced two violent bumps along with several smaller bumps.

The turbulence injured 26 passengers, four of them seriously. Passengers suffered broken bones, soft tissue injuries and even cuts to the scalp. 

Xinhua detailed the terrifying scene, in which several passengers' heads and shoulders hit the luggage racks as a result of the turbulence. Luggage fell out of overhead compartments and hit people, and some of the racks even broke upon impact.

"I was on the flight, and I felt like I would not survive," one passenger posted on Weibo after the incident. "Many people were injured, and among them, many had not buckled up."

It's unclear when exactly the turbulence struck. The flight was scheduled to land at 7.40am on Sunday in Kunming.

The incident comes just one week after another China Eastern flight was forced to return to Sydney when a hole opened up in the engine. That incident also happened on an A330 jet.

[Image via BBC]

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