A China Eastern Airlines plane carrying passengers from Paris to Kunming experienced a rough approach into the Spring City over the weekend. Turbulence shook the aircraft seriously enough to injure nearly two dozen people, some of whom required immediate treatment at local hospitals after landing.
Flight MU774 was reportedly descending over Yunnan province after nine hours aloft when the turbulence struck. People on board who were not wearing seat belts were thrown from their seats, while other were struck by baggage jarred loose from overhead compartments.
The list of injuries, according to news outlet People's Net, included broken bones, facial lacerations, bruises and minor scrapes. Because of the disruption, the fight landed an hour and twenty minutes later than scheduled. Twelve people were sent to People's First Hospital of Yunnan after emergency medical crews at the airport triaged people disembarking. The air carrier issued a statement through its WeChat official account shortly after the June 18 incident, which read:
Today, a China Eastern flight from Paris to Kunming experienced turbulence and some passenger were discomforted. The flight crew dealt with the situation according to proper procedures and the plane landed safely in Kunming. China Eastern arranged proper medical services. We remind all travelers to please fasten their seat belts during the entirety of each trip.
The episode comes only one week after a China Eastern jetliner flying from Sydney to Shanghai made an emergency landing when the captain noticed a large hole in one of the engine housings. Similar events are not particularly uncommon with China's second largest airline, although online complaints are typically about service and unruly passengers rather than safety.
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