26 injured as Chinese flight hits turbulence in China

The huge hole in the Eastern Chinese airplane being assessed

Another passenger said there was strong turbulence twice and minor turbulence three times during the 10 minute ordeal.

The flight MU744 was descending to land at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan province.

At least 26 passengers have been confirmed injured during the event and some of them are said to sustain skull base fractures, spinal damage, shoulder fractures and scalp lacerations.

At least four injured passengers are said to be in a critical condition, the agency said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. Baggages fell on many of them as well.

According to the reports, the nearly two dozen people were injured when Flight MU774, from Paris to Kunming, experienced severe turbulence.

The company did not specify how long or where the turbulence occurred on the flight.

China Eastern Airlines said on its official microblog account that the company has arranged medical services, without providing other details.

The airline said crew members on the flight spotted the damage after take-off and made a decision to return to Sydney Airport, Chinese media reported.

"I was on the flight, and I felt like I would not survive", one passenger wrote on Weibo, a Chinese social media site, according to South China Morning Post.

No passengers or crew were injured.

Images show a gaping hole across the engine casing of the Airbus A330, which departed at 8.30pm on June 11.



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