Turbulence Injures 15 Passengers Aboard Philippine Airlines Flight
Photos via Twitter/@nimfaravelo
Turbulence injured more than a dozen passengers aboard a Philippine Airlines flight traveling from Honolulu to Manila Thursday, the Philippines' flag carrier confirmed in a statement.
At least 15 people suffered injuries and were tended to by a medical team upon landing at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Flight 101 departed Hawaii around noon local time Thursday, but encountered turbulence en route to the Philippines, where it landed on schedule shortly after 4 p.m. local time Friday.
While the severity of the passengers' injuries remains unclear, NBC News reported a local television captured film of some passengers being transported from the airport in wheelchairs.
DZBB Radio reported Nimfa R. Ravelo also tweeted several photos of what appeared to be injured passengers.
In a statement issued Friday via TV5 News, Philippine Airlines said "the Airbus 340 aircraft experienced clear-air-turbulence en route to Manila."
"The incident unfortunately resulted to minor injuries to 15 out of the 132 passengers onboard," the carrier stated. "A team of medical personnel, airport officials and PAL customer relations officers are being deployed to provide all available assistance when the aircraft arrives at approximately 4:20 this afternoon at Terminal 2 of the NAIA."
One passenger said she was thrown from her seat, while another described a strong impact, per NBC News.
Thursday's frightening incident comes just two weeks after an EgyptAir flight traveling from New York to Cairo experienced severe turbulence that left 10 passengers and two crew members injured.
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