Monday, December 21, 2009

Airbus passengers experience extreme turbulence on flight to Durban from Dubai

SHOOT: They were thrown right out of their seats. Still think Climate Change is irrelevant?
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Johannesburg - Twenty passengers suffered minor injuries when an Emirates Airbus A330 encountered severe turbulence on a flight between Dubai and Durban on Saturday, a spokesperson at Durban airport confirmed on Monday.

"The aircraft, as far as we understand, when it was about two hours outside of Durban, experienced some turbulence," Colin Naidoo, communications manager for Durban International Airport, told the German Press Agency dpa.

The scheduled EK755 flight, which had 220 passengers on board, had been due to land in Durban at 17:30 local time (15:30 GMT), he said.

Emergency services and trauma counsellors were dispatched to meet the flight on arrival.

Around 20 passengers suffered slight injuries and disorientation, of which around four were taken to hospital for treatment, Naidoo said. The patients were later discharged.

The Mercury reported that the incident occured as the plane entered South African airspace and that passengers were thrown out of their seats.

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