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December 1, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Tourists visiting Australia arrived at Sydney International Airport injured this week as their flight struck sudden violent turbulence over the city.

China Eastern flight MU 777 from Kunming/Wujiaba hit severely bumpy weather approaching the airport on Tuesday.

Three passengers suffered neck injuries, one had a cut jaw, another suffered a broken wrist and two others suffered a back injury and minor head wound, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported.

Emergency crews treated five passengers and two crew members on landing. They were taken to local hospitals.

The paper quoted a tour guide who arrived at the airport for a scheduled pick-up of the tourists. He said several passengers had struck their heads in the turbulence.

ABC News said it understood about 10 people – two of them elderly – needed medical attention. The flight, operated by an A330-200, was carrying 212 passengers.

The Telegraph quoted China Eastern’s General Manager for Oceania, Kathy Zhang, saying passenger safety was the airline’s primary concern “and we have confirmed that all of the affected passengers are in a stable condition having received treatment for their injuries”.

Written by Peter Needham

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