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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

At least 26 injured in turbulent flight

At least 26 injured in turbulent flight

At least 20 people on a China Eastern Airlines flight were injured after it hit turbulence before arriving at Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

The incident happened when Flight MU744 from Charles de Gaulle Airport was descending to land at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan province, Xinhua news agency reported. At least four people are in a serious condition.

The air carrier, China Eastern, has issued a statement acknowledging that the plane "suddenly encountered turbulence" and "some passengers on the plane experienced discomfort". 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.

Another middle-aged male passenger told Pear Video that he saw lightning strike outside the aircraft as the turbulence took place. "We feel lucky the plane did not crash", said an injured passenger surnamed Shang.

The flight crew dealt with the situation according to proper procedures and the plane landed safely in Kunming.

China Eastern Airlines made headlines last week after a flight from Sydney to Shanghai was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine became damaged shortly after takeoff.

"[We] remind all passengers, for your safety, please fasten seatbelts", the airline wrote.

It's estimated that the Airbus A330-200 was carrying more than 200 passengers, including a Chinese tour group.

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