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'We flew up and hit the ceiling': Dozens injured as Hong Kong flights hit by turbulence

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 August, 2013, 5:35pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 11:17am

Passengers yesterday told of the chaos on board two flights from Thailand on which dozens suffered injuries when they hit severe air turbulence.

Forty-three people aboard Thai Airways flight TG600 from Bangkok and six people on Hong Kong Airlines flight HK762 from Phuket suffered injuries shortly before both landed at Chek Lap Kok airport.

The plane suddenly dropped and bounced back and we just flew up and hit the ceiling

A crew member aboard the Thai Airways flight suffered a broken collarbone, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) reported.

A Thai couple, who refused to disclose their names, said they had just got back to their seats from the bathroom on the Thai Airways jet, an Airbus A380. They were among several passengers who were not wearing seat belts when the incidents occurred.

"The plane suddenly dropped and bounced back and we just flew up and hit the ceiling," said the husband, who wore a patch on the right of his forehead.

"I felt dizzy and was surprised. I remained conscious, just not sure what had happened."

His wife said a cart carrying bottles of drinking water was thrown into the air.

"There was a lot of broken glass in the plane," she said.

She was angry that the airline staff had not taken better care of them after they were admitted to hospital. "At least they should move us to a private hospital," she said. "In Bangkok we never went to government hospitals."

Most of the injured were taken to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung, while some went to Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan, Caritas Medical Centre in Lai Chi Kok and Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.

A father and son from the mainland were among the injured on the Thai Airways flight.

The man said he was standing in the aisle when the turbulence hit and he was tossed against the ceiling, hurting his head. His son, eight, who was sitting with his seat belt fastened, hit his head against the seat's arm rest.

Another passenger from the Thai Airways flight said he was thrown into the air and his head hit the overhead luggage compartment. Many people had twisted necks, he said. A passenger from the Hong Kong Airlines flight said flight staff dropped to the floor and waited until the turbulence was over.

Hong Kong Airlines said all the injured from its flight - three staff and three passengers - had been discharged. Twenty of the passengers injured on the Thai Airways flight were still in hospital last night.

Unstable weather caused delays to at least 105 flights yesterday morning.

 

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Dai Muff
I have landed in HK so many times and seen so many idiots avoid seatbelt instructions. No sympathy. Sorry.
Dai Muff
And how many people who had paid attention to the seatbelt instructions were hurt? I've been on enough Hong Kong flights where I have seen people ignoring those instructions completely.
sunnymedina
First of all, wear your seatbelts! Second of all, if you want to go to a private hospital - buy medical heath insurance. What a bunch of muppets.
superdx
Anyone with neck injuries wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and the plane had already started descent for crying out loud
Their insurance agents are going to laugh at them when they file for a claim. Neck injury? ha ha ha
impala
[She was angry that the airline staff had not taken better care of them after they were admitted to hospital. "At least they should move us to a private hospital," she said. "In Bangkok we never went to government hospitals."]

Oh my. You can't make these people up huh. Parodies of themselves.
andreaswagner
Now THAT is what seat belts are for. Absolutely no sympathy. Serves them right.
Camel
If they don't follow the seatbelt announcement so it's their own fault. More they should hold accountable if someone else got hurt.
shuike
I think these people should pay for damage they do to the ceiling for ignoring seatbelt instructions.
HK-Lover
It is most likely that the injured were not wearing a seatbelt. I am sure they know better now.
People need to learn and realise that being buckled up at all times while being on the plane (yes, also when taxing or parking), independent of the fasten-seatbelt sign is on or off, is for their very own safety.
For some curios reasons many people, particularly Asians, don't like to use seat belts. Just look at all the fancy seatbelt arrangements amongst Hong Kong drivers of taxis, mini buses and regular buses. In China I am even told by drivers I can take off the seatbelt when leaving the highways.
sipsip1238
What's with Hong Kongers, Chinese, or any others always trying to place blame on someone else for their own stupidity...I knew how to wear a seatbelt when i was 3

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