Last updated: 04:42 PM ET, Mon June 06 2016

Passengers, Crew Members Injured During Avianca Flight Turbulence

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 06, 2016

Passengers, Crew Members Injured During Avianca Flight Turbulence

On Saturday, an Avianca flight experienced extreme turbulence that left passengers and cabin crew members injured and the interior of the plane in shambles.

According to the Daily Mail, Avianca Flight AV965 was en route from Lima, Peru, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, when the plane began experiencing severe turbulence at 41,000 feet as attendants were handing out food.

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The turbulence left at least 23 people injured, including eight crew members who were hurt as they served food. In images circulated by the media, several flight attendants were left with cuts and bruises and forced to wear neck braces for the remainder of the journey.

Images from inside the plane were shared on Twitter:

The Airbus A330 operated by Avianca continued its flight and eventually landed at Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Ezeiza, Argentina, 80 minutes after the incident occurred. The plane was met by emergency personnel.

After passengers were removed from the plane and given the medical attention they needed, the aircraft was inspected for structural integrity of the fuselage and the interior of the plane. The plane was cleared and flew the return flight just six hours later.


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