At least 26 hurt after China Eastern Airlines flight hits turbulence

The airplane was eventually landed safely in the capital of Yunnan province

The airplane was eventually landed safely in the capital of Yunnan province

According to local authorities, the injured were taken to the First People's Hospital in Yunnan and Yanan Hospital Affiliated to Kunming Medical University.

A Chinese Eastern Airlines flight from Paris on Sunday experienced wild turbulence as flight MU774 was on its way to Kunming, in the southern Yunnan province.

Passengers suffered bone fractures, scalp lacerations and soft tissue injuries caused by falling baggage or collisions with overhead lockers, it cited local hospitals as saying.

A huge hole in a part of the left engine of an Eastern Chinese airplane
A huge hole in a part of the left engine of an Eastern Chinese airplane

An injured passenger said: "We felt strong turbulence twice and minor turbulence three times". It added that all passengers should fasten safety belts during flights for safety.

The flight crew took necessary measures and the flight landed safely, China Eastern said in a statement on Sunday morning.

China Eastern Airlines later said it was crucial passengers wear seatbelts as flights descend. An injured passenger surnamed Shang was quoted as saying: "We applauded when the plane landed safely".

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"Many people were injured, and among them, many had not buckled up".

A week ago, a China Eastern Airlines flight to Shanghai had to turn back to Sydney after a technical failure which left a hole in an engine casing.

The plane, an Airbus A330-200 twinjet, landed without incident and there were no injuries, according to Kathy Zhang, general manager for the Oceania region at the airlines.

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The exact number of injured passengers was being verified, Xinhua said.

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