At least 26 hurt after China Eastern Airlines flight hits turbulence


A China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330 aircraft sits on the tarmac at Sydney International Airport in Australia. At least four people were in a serious condition, it said.

At least 20 people on a China Eastern Airlines flight were injured after it hit turbulence before arriving at Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Passengers suffered bone fractures, scalp lacerations and soft tissue injuries caused by falling baggage or collisions with overhead lockers, it cited local hospitals as saying.

China Eastern Airlines later said it was crucial passengers wear seatbelts as flights descend. It added that all passengers should fasten safety belts during flights for safety.

The plane landed around 9 am (0100 GMT) on Sunday, an hour later than scheduled, according to Xinhua. "The process lasted about 10 minutes", the agency quoted a slightly injured passenger surnamed Zhang as saying.

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No passengers or crew were injured.

According to reports by the South China morning post, the airline said in a statement that the flight crew of MU774 took necessary measures and the flight landed safely.

According to the reports, the nearly two dozen people were injured when Flight MU774, from Paris to Kunming, experienced severe turbulence.

Another passenger said: "We applauded when the plane landed safely".

Earlier this month, a China Eastern flight bound for Shanghai was forced to turn back to Sydney due to a mid-air emergency.