Severe Turbulence Injures a Dozen Aboard EgyptAir Flight
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A dozen people were injured and required medical attention after an EgyptAir flight experienced severe turbulence while traveling from New York to Cairo Monday, the Egyptian Streets reported.
The Boeing 777 was carrying 268 passengers when the incident occurred. Ten passengers and two flight crew members were among those injured.
The flight's pilot made the decision to continue on to Egypt, where the plane landed safely and the injured passengers received treatment for "superficial injuries," according to an official with the carrier.
The Egyptian Streets reported the Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal, the chairman of EgyptAir Holding Company and several other senior aviation officials traveled to Cairo International Airport to ensure that the injured passengers and crew received the necessary medical attention.
An EgyptAir official also told the Egyptian Streets that "there was no need to return back to New York" because the situation was under control.
The Aviation Herald reported that three doctors were on board the flight and provided first aid to the injured passengers and crew.
This week's incident comes a month after a Hainan Airlines flight was rocked by severe turbulence on descent to Beijing. In that incident, some passengers were thrown from their seats and struck the cabin ceiling.
Thirty people were injured and nearly two dozen hospitalized in that Aug. 11 incident.
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