Published time: 1 May, 2017 09:34Edited time: 1 May, 2017 09:35
Turbulence “out of nowhere,” as passengers put it, injured 27 people – most Russians – on a plane en route from Moscow to Bangkok, just 40 minutes before the aircraft landed.
“All of the injured have been taken to a local hospital. They mostly have bruises and fractures,” the Russian Embassy in Thailand reported.
The reason so many people were injured was that they weren’t wearing safety belts, despite the usual warnings, officials say. The plane apparently suddenly hit so-called ‘clear sky turbulence’ and the crew had no chance to warn the passengers beforehand.
The plane was thrown 100-200 meters up and down in the air as a result.
‘Clear sky turbulence’ happens up to 750 times a year in civilian aviation, Aeroflot airline said.
One of the passengers posted a video saying that the turbulence “was so bad that it was throwing people around like crazy.”
“Blood everywhere, people with broken bones, noses, open fractures, baby’s [sic] with head injuries,” he went on to describe the impact.
All of the injured passengers were taken to hospitals, and 15 people still remain there, according to the official statement from the Russian Embassy in Thailand.