Turbulence on Qatar Airways flight leaves 12 injured

Twelve people were injured Sunday during turbulence on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha that landed safely as scheduled in Ireland, Dublin Airport said.

The plane, a Boeing B787-9, was flying over Turkey when it encountered turbulence, injuring six passengers and six crew members, Dublin Airport said on social media.

The flight landed in Dublin just before 1pm local time and was met by emergency medical workers, the airport said.

Passengers were checked for injuries before leaving the plane and eight people were taken to hospital.

Dublin Airport said its operations had not been affected and that the airline's return flight to Doha was still scheduled to leave later on Sunday.

Qatar Airways said in a statement that “a small number” of passengers on flight QR017 suffered minor injuries.

“The matter is now the subject of an internal investigation,” the airline said. “The safety and security of our passengers and crew is our top priority.”

The flight lasted seven hours and 35 minutes according to Flight Aware, a flight tracking website. According to tracking data, the flight continued for more than three hours after flying over Turkey.

The injuries come after a rare death in turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight on Tuesday.

A 73-year-old British man has died and dozens of people have been injured on the flight, which departed from London and was flying over Myanmar, when it crashed in what the airline described as “sudden extreme turbulence”.

The plane, a Boeing 777-300ER, made an emergency landing in Bangkok, Thailand.

Singapore Airlines said in a statement Sunday that 40 passengers and one crew member who were on board the flight were still hospitalized in Bangkok. There were 211 passengers on the 13-hour flight.

While turbulence on a flight can be intense and severe, it rarely results in death.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 163 passengers and crew members were seriously injured in turbulence on U.S.-registered planes between 2009 and 2022.

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