Severe turbulence on a Boeing 777 left at least 27 people, including infants, injured, with some in need of surgery. The flight from Moscow to Bangkok started to experience difficulty 40 minutes before landing, according to the Russian airline, Aeroflot. A video taken by a passenger shows people lying in between aisles with luggage scattered around them.
Some passengers are reported to have fractures and broken noses while others said their babies were “covered in bruises.”
“Numerous air pockets one hour before landing led to broken bones, internal and external bleeding,” wrote Evgenia Zibrova, the passenger who posted the video online. “Lots of people from the tail cabin have broken their noses, several people have probably broken their spines. Babies are covered in bruises, people lost consciousness,” she added.
According to Sky News, after the plane landed, 15 Russian passengers were taken to a hospital where three had to undergo operations.
“All the injured were sent to a local hospital with injuries of a different kind of severity, mainly fractures and bruises,” the Russian embassy in Thailand said. Details on the injuries were not specific. “The reasons behind the injuries was that some of the passengers had not had their seatbelts fastened,” the statement added.
The airline said the crew did not have time to warn passengers of the severe turbulence because it was sudden and weather conditions were clear. Officials say 24 Russian nationals and three Thai nationals were injured.
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