Pas­sen­gers in­jured in mid-air drama

Nine taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter flight from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta hit by ‘se­vere’ tur­bu­lence

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Thirty-one pas­sen­gers and a crew mem­ber aboard an Eti­had Air­ways flight suf­fered in­juries when their plane ran into sud­den tur­bu­lence as it pre­pared to land in the Indonesian cap­i­tal, Jakarta.

The UAE’s na­tional car­rier said flight EY474, which de­parted from Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day, was hit by “se­vere and un­ex­pected tur­bu­lence” about 45 min­utes be­fore land­ing at Soekarno Hatta In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The Airbus A330-200 landed safely but nine pas­sen­gers and a crew mem­ber were taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal for their in­juries, Eti­had said.

Paramedics then treated 22 for mi­nor in­juries and they were re­leased.

Haerul An­war, a spokesman for the Jakarta air­port, de­scribed nine of the in­juries as se­ri­ous. He said of­fi­cials from the air­port and In­done­sia's Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Com­mit­tee were in­spect­ing the plane.

The air­line did not pro­vide de­tails on the sever­ity of the in­juries, but said the tur­bu­lence was se­vere enough that it dam­aged cabin stor­age bins pic­tured).

Indonesian Trans­porta­tion Min­istry spokesman Hemi Pa­mu­ra­harjo said at least eight Indonesian pas­sen­gers and a for­eign flight at­ten­dant were hurt, with sev­eral suf­fer­ing bro­ken bones.

Pas­sen­gers on­board who spoke to Jakarta-based news web­site Oke­zone said oxy­gen masks tum­bled out in the tur­bu­lence and pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing Mus­lim pil­grims re­turn­ing from Saudi Ara­bia, were hurt. “It hap­pened when I was per­form­ing pray,” passenger Nen­den Nurhaini told the web­site. “The plane sud­denly be­gan to shake so fast.” Pho­to­graphs posted on Twit­ter ap­peared to show dam­age to the in­te­rior of the plane and items strewn across the floor. Eti­had said the air­line’s planned Jakarta to Abu Dhabi flight yes­ter­day on the same plane had been can­celled and the air­line was as­sist­ing pas­sen­gers.

DRAMA: Pas­sen­gers shared im­ages from in­side the plane on Twit­ter

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