Severe Turbulence Leaves 26 Airline Passengers Injured

Despite the heavy turbulence, China Eastern Airlines confirmed that the flight landed at approximately 9 a.m., or only about an hour later than it was scheduled to arrive. "The process lasted about 10 minutes", Xinhua quoted a passenger surnamed Zhang, who was slightly injured, as saying.

As per the initial reports, Passengers are being treated for bone fractures, scalp lacerations and soft tissue injuries caused by falling baggage or collisions with overhead lockers.

At least four injured passengers are said to be in a critical condition, the agency said.

The company did not specify how long or where the turbulence occurred on the flight.

The Shanghai-based company said it had arranged medical services, but no further details have been given.

The air carrier, China Eastern, has issued a statement acknowledging that the plane "suddenly encountered turbulence" and "some passengers on the plane experienced discomfort".

First People's Hospital in the province disclosed that none of the injuries were considered life-threatening. Baggages fell on many of them as well. It added that all passengers should fasten safety belts during flights for safety.

The incident came a week after another China Eastern plane made an emergency landing in Sydney, after a huge hole appeared in one of its engine casings and forced it to turn back just after taking off.

It's estimated that the Airbus A330-200 was carrying more than 200 passengers, including a Chinese tour group.

  • Essie Rivera