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Passengers Injured after South African Airways Aircraft Encounters Turbulence

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CAPE TOWN (PANA/NAN) ― At least 25 passengers were injured when a passenger jet travelling from South Africa to Hong Kong hit severe turbulence on Wednesday, South African Airways Spokesperson, Tlali Tlali has confirmed.

Tlali said that flight SA286, which took off from Johannesburg, encountered severe turbulence while in the Kuala Lumpur airspace.

He said the crew of the flight immediately requested medical assistance for the passengers, which was arranged and ready on arrival of the aircraft in Hong Kong. 

He said there were 165 passengers on board in addition to the 25 passengers who were injured; three crew members also needed treatment.

Local Hong Kong television channels have reported that several ambulances were on the tarmac when the four-engine Airbus A340-300 touched down and several were transferred to city hospitals.

There were unconfirmed reports that two of the injured were in a serious condition.

Report says it is unclear at this stage whether the aircraft was damaged.

SAA, which is the biggest airline in Africa, has an excellent safety record.

The last major accident occurred nearly 30 years ago when a Boeing 747 suffered a catastrophic in-flight fire in the cargo area and crashed into the Indian Ocean east of Mauritius.

However all the 140 passengers and 19 crew members died.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

7 Comments

  1. Ama

    July 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    God help us. *sigh

  2. sum1special

    July 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    This is unfortunate yet fortunate for the injured passengers as they would be going home with a lot of money as insurance claim.

    • Blue

      July 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Ha!! I love the way you think on both sides of the coin…looolz!

  3. @edDREAMZ

    July 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Well, shit happens so i guess this is one of them…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  4. baboushka

    July 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Ok how were they injured? Were they not wearing their seat belts too many questions

    • tee

      July 17, 2014 at 3:26 am

      Oh Baboushka. You again? Educate yourself by watching you tube videos of extreme turbulence. Yeah, it may have resulted from not wearing seat belts but for example, what if the overhead compartment was forced open during the turbulence and some luggage fell and hit them?

    • baboushka

      July 18, 2014 at 12:24 am

      have i met you before?

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