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Mid-air Scare
Turbulence rattles flight to Kochi; 23 injured

Kochi, April 25
As many as 364 passengers of a Kochi-bound Emirates flight from Dubai today had a narrow escape when the plane encountered severe turbulence over Bangalore region, injuring 23 persons on board.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation launched an inquiry into the incident that occurred at 8.50 am and grounded the aircraft.

Most of the passengers in the flight were in a “state of shock and looked worried”, airport sources said.

The Boeing aircraft EK-530 with 350 passengers and 14 crew members on board encountered a weather cloud near Bangalore. A short period of heavy turbulence prior to descent into India caused minor injuries to about 20 persons, Emirates said in a statement.

The plane was cruising at 35,000ft when the flight experienced a short period of heavy turbulence. The drop in altitude was minor — a descent of 200ft — and the aircraft landed safely, it said.

”An inquiry has been ordered into the incident. The DGCA is carrying out air safety investigation. The aircraft will leave the country only after it is certified,” Directorate General of Civil Aviation Nazim Zaidi told PTI in New Delhi.

He said officials have started recording the statements of the injured, cabin crew and pilots.

One of the passengers, Biju Thomas (40) has been admitted to the Little Flower hospital at nearby Angamally with a shoulder dislocation. A child was among those injured.

The sources said the pilots requested for medical assistance while landing at the International Airport here.

Around seven passengers were brought to the Amrita Medical Investigation room at the airport. Some had injuries on the scalp, eyebrows, pain in the neck and shoulders.

Dr Rahul Thambi of Amrita hospital went inside the aircraft and gave first aid to 20 passengers, the sources said.

Flavio Moreira (41) from Barbodos, who complained of some pain in the shoulder, was advised to get an X-ray done and her friend Lourival Auguhsto DO Santos (45) said he had pain in the neck and chest, SN Nair, a doctor on duty, said.

Both the passengers were given first aid and have left for Coimbatore. Elsy Antony (40) received stitches for an eyebrow injury while Tina Shilby (26) suffered a scalp wound. A pregnant woman, Mary, (29) complained of giddiness. Most of the passengers were discharged, Nair said.

A passenger, who was travelling with his family, said “oxygen masks fell down. We all got scared. This is like a re-birth. Many passengers fell down from their seats”. Meanwhile, the flight’s return journey has been cancelled. The passengers would be taken by another aircraft, the airline said. — PTI





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