A Hong Kong stewardess was in hospital yesterday after sustaining a fractured pelvis when her airliner was hit by severe turbulence over Japan. Emily Tse Chui-hing, 30, was one of two Hong Kong cabin crew hurt when a Japan Airlines MD-11 lost altitude over the Chita peninsula in Aichi prefecture. Eight crew and three of the 169 passengers on board were injured, an airline spokesman said. JAL Flight 706 was 25 minutes from Nagoya Airport, cruising at about 5,000 metres, during Sunday night's flight from Hong Kong when the drama began. From her hospital bed in Komaki, Japan, Ms Tse remembered trying to reach the safety of her seat before crashing to the floor and blacking out. The flight attendant of 10 years fractured her pelvis and will not be able to return to her Shau Kei Wan home for a week. 'I was in the galley helping clean up,' she said. 'The pilot didn't say anything about turbulence, he just said it would get a little bit choppy, so clear the galley and take a seat. 'But when the seat belt sign came on we weren't ready. Suddenly the plane just dropped. 'I tried to sit down but couldn't. I just fell to the floor. It only went on for a few minutes but after that I blacked out.' Ms Tse said she awoke in hospital to hear the voice of injured colleague Debbie Lam Uen-man. Ms Lam, also from Hong Kong, suffered a badly sprained ankle. Asked if she would fly again, Ms Tse said: 'I don't know.' An airline spokesman said the flight attendants had three minutes to check passengers before the plane hit the turbulence. Most of the passengers were wearing seat belts. He said an accident investigation team was probing the incident since the area was not known for bad weather. Ms Tse said her sister flew from Hong Kong yesterday to be at her bedside in Komaki Shiming Hospital.