Saturday 18 November 2017

Passengers with 'multiple fractures' rushed to hospital after plane hit turbulence

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Passengers en-route to Thailand were left with serious injuries after the plane they were travelling on hit turbulence.

At least 20 people were injured on the flight a Russian official told Tass, the state news agency.

The Aeroflot plane was travelling from  Moscow to Bangok he head of the Russian embassy in Thailand’s consular department, Vladimir Sosnov, said.

"Those injured suffered multiple fractures. There are Russians and foreigners among them,"he said.

"Apparently, those who were injured did not have their seat belts fastened."

The injured were taken to hospital in Bangkok and will be aided by officials from the Russian Embassy there.

The UK Daily Mail is reporting that some of the injured include babies who were forced from their mother's arms due to the force of the turbulence.

One passenger said on social media that some were covered in bruises and had broken bones, according to the paper.

Footage posted on social media shows passengers lying injured in the aisle of the plane after hitting the ceiling. Food and other rubbish can be seen strewn around the cabin.

The Boeing 777 ran into "severe turbulence" 40 minutes before landing at the Thai capital on Monday, the Russian airline said in a statement.

The airline said the crew was unable to warn passengers of the approaching danger as the turbulence occurred in a clear sky.

"Several passengers were injured," the statement said.

Additional reporting by agencies

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