Wednesday 26 July 2017

'Baby covered in bruises' among 27 hurt as flight hits turbulence

A video image of passengers on the floor of a flight from Moscow to Bangkok after it hit turbulence. Photo: RR/Rostik Rusev
A video image of passengers on the floor of a flight from Moscow to Bangkok after it hit turbulence. Photo: RR/Rostik Rusev

Kim Ripoll Bankok

At least 27 people were injured, several with suspected spinal damage, on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok yesterday when their Boeing 777 hit turbulence.

Most of the injured - including a one-year-old child - were Russian.

Fifteen of them were taken to a Bangkok hospital for treatment, the Russian embassy in Bangkok said in a statement. The other three injured were from Thailand.

A video posted online by Evgenia Zibrova, apparently shot in the aftermath of the turbulence, showed passengers scattered along the aisle of the aircraft.

Food and drinks, including several bottles of fizzy drinks, had apparently been hurled from the trolley and were sprawled across the floor.

Posting the video, Ms Zibrova wrote: "Numerous air pockets one hour before landing led to broken bones, internal and external bleeding. Babies are covered in bruises, people lost consciousness. Thanks that we are still alive. Aeroflot, please help these people."

The Russian airline said in an earlier statement that several passengers had been injured during "severe turbulence" 40 minutes before landing in the Thai capital. It said the crew was unable to warn passengers of the approaching danger as the turbulence occurred in a clear sky.

"All the injured were sent to a local hospital with injuries of a different kind of severity, mainly fractures and bruises," the embassy said. "The reason behind the injuries was that some of the passengers had not had their seatbelts fastened." The flight, SU270, hit an air pocket on its approach to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.

A Russian diplomat said 15 remained hospitalised, but none had life-threatening injuries. According to a list issued by the embassy, the injured were Russians ranged in age from about one to 69. Vladimir Sosnov, deputy head of the Russian Consulate in Thailand, said: "The injured suffered multiple fractures. There are both Russian and foreign citizens among them." (© Daily Telegraph London)

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