Sunday night’s Aeroflot flight SU270 from Moscow to Bangkok hit severe turbulence and reports say between 19 and 25 people were severely injured including children and babies.
Many of the passengers were not wearing seatbelts at the time because the crew of the Aeroflot Boeing 777 did not have time to warn them. The plane was jolted hundreds of metres by ‘clear air turbulence’ caused by a disturbance between two jet streams which the aircraft passed between.
One passenger commented:
“Numerous air pockets one hour before landing led to broken bones, internal and external bleeding. Lots of people from the tail cabin have broken their noses, several people have probably broken their spines. Babies are covered in bruises, people lost consciousness. Thanks that we are still alive. Aeroflot, please help these people.”
Vladimir Sosnov, deputy head of Russian Consulate in Thailand, said:
“The injured suffered multiple fractures. There are both Russian and foreign citizens among them. Apparently, those who were injured did not have their seat belts fastened.”
Check out the carnage in the video below.
A total of 19 people were admitted to hospital, two undergoing emergency surgery for spinal injuries while others were treated at the scene.
In the past 10 years in America alone there have been 424 severe injuries caused by turbulence.
Where you seat belts people, even if you’re lying flat in Business Class!