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12 injured after Dublin-bound Qatar Airways plane hits turbulence

12 injured after Dublin-bound Qatar Airways plane hits turbulence
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Twelve people travelling on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Ireland were injured during a bout of turbulence, Dublin Airport said on Sunday, adding that the plane landed safely and as scheduled.

Flight QR017, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, landed shortly before 1pm local time, the airport said.

“Upon landing, the aircraft was met by emergency services, including airport police and our fire and rescue department, due to six passengers and six crew [12 total] on board reporting injuries after the aircraft experienced turbulence while airborne over Turkey,” Dublin Airport said in a statement.

The airport said all passengers were assessed for injuries aboard the plane, and eight were then taken to hospital.

Dublin Airport in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Reuters

Irish broadcaster RTE, citing passengers arriving at Dublin Airport, said the incident lasted less than 20 seconds and took place during food and drinks service.

Qatar Airways said in a statement that “a small number of passengers and crew sustained minor injuries in flight and are now receiving medical attention”.

The airline did not directly comment on the turbulence, but said the matter is subject to an internal investigation.

Passenger Paul Mocc told Irish broadcaster RTE that he saw “people hitting the roof” and food and drink flying everywhere.

Another traveller, Emma Rose Power, told RTE that after the turbulence, “some of the flight attendants I saw, they had scratches on their face, they had ice to their face. There was one girl that had a sling on her arm”.

The incident took place five days after a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore was forced to land in Bangkok because of severe turbulence, which killed a 73-year-old British man and left 20 others in intensive care.

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One dead and dozens injured after Singapore Airlines flight hit by severe turbulence

One dead and dozens injured after Singapore Airlines flight hit by severe turbulence

Turbulence-related airline accidents are the most common type, according to a 2021 study by the US National Transportation Safety Board.

From 2009 through 2018, the US agency found that turbulence accounted for more than a third of reported airline accidents and most resulted in one or more serious injuries, but no aircraft damage.

While turbulence-related fatalities are rare, injuries have piled up over the years. Some meteorologists and aviation analysts note that reports of turbulence encounters also have been increasing and point to the potential impacts that climate change may have on flying conditions.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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