Date
29 March 2017
A Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-200 similar to this made it safely back to Bali after hitting severe turbulence en route to Hong Kong Photo: Airbus.com
A Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-200 similar to this made it safely back to Bali after hitting severe turbulence en route to Hong Kong Photo: Airbus.com

17 hurt as Hong Airlines flight from Bali hits turbulence

Seventeen people were injured when a Hong Kong Airlines flight ran into severe turbulence, forcing the pilot to turn back to Bali.

The Airbus A330-200 with 204 passengers and 12 crew on board was about two and a half hours into the flight to Hong Kong, Mail Online reports.

It landed safely at 4:34 a.m. local time on Saturday.

The plane encountered the turbulence above Kalimantan, Indonesia’s part of Borneo, the general manager of Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport said.

Ambulances were sent to help evacuate the plane.

Most of the casualties suffered head bruises but there were no serious injuries.

Three crew members and eight passengers were taken to hospital while six others were treated at the airport clinic.

There was no damage to the plane but an inspection was carried out.

Ninety-five passengers were flown to Hong Kong on board a Garuda Indonesia plane on Saturday morning while the rest were waiting at the airport and hotels.

It was the second such incident involving Airbus planes over Indonesian territory in the past four days.

On Wednesday, an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi ran into sudden turbulence as it prepared to land in the Indonesian capital, injuring 31 passengers and a member of the crew.

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Mail Online: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3578339/Panic-onboard-Hong-Kong-Airlines-flight-Bali-hits-severe-turbulence-mid-air-injuring-17-passengers.html

 

More than 200 passengers and 12 crew were on board the Airbus plane when it was forced to return to Bali about two and a half hours into the flight to Hong Kong. Photo: AFP


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