After one China Eastern flight was forced to turn around last week with a hole in the engine, another flight ran into a bit of turbulence on Sunday, resulting in at least 26 passengers getting injured, including four seriously so.
The flight was on its way from Paris to Kunming when the heavy turbulence struck, with passengers experiencing two particularly violent bumps and a series of smaller bumps over the course of about 10 minutes that caused chaos on board as passengers’ heads smacked against overhead luggage compartments and luggage fell out of racks, injuring other travelers.
In the end, the plane landed safely in Kunming while passengers inside suffered from broken bones, cuts to the head and a variety of minor injuries.
Apparently, at least some of this tumult was caused by passengers failing to buckle up during descent, ignoring warnings to do so.
“I was on the flight, and I felt like I would not survive,” the SCMP quotes one passenger writing on Weibo. “Many people were injured, and among them, many had not buckled up.”
China Eastern issued a statement on Sunday morning, saying that passengers were being provided with medical help, while also reminding travelers to always wear their seat belts when flights are descending to the ground.
This incident comes just a week after a Shanghai-bound China Eastern flight was forced to turn back to Sydney when crew noticed a giant hole in the plane’s engine.
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