Jet passengers hurt in China Airlines turbulence

More than 30 airline passengers and crew were injured after their jet hit sudden turbulence 20 minutes from landing today.

They were thrown about the cabin of the China Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok, most suffering minor cuts and bruises, but two had spinal injuries.

The Boeing 747-400 was heading for Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport at about 1.30pm (6.30am Irish time), said a spokeswoman for Airports of Thailand.

Of the 32 injured people, 21 were passengers and 11 were crew members, she said, adding that the flight carried 147 passengers and 17 crew.

Two people were seriously hurt with cervical spine injuries, said a doctor at Bangkok’s Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital.

"We are admitting four people. The rest who suffered minor cuts and bruises will be able to go home," he said.

An airport spokesman said the plane's captain contacted the control tower to ask to land ahead of schedule and to have doctors and ambulances standing by to take care of the injured.


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