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Thirty passengers and fifteen crew members were injured when a Thai airways international (THAI) A-380-800 flight hit turbulence while landing at Hong Kong International Airport on Friday. Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said most of them were not seriously injured quoting THAI president Sorajak Kasemsuvan.
“I have ordered THAI executives to take care of the injured” Mr. Chaddchart said, “All expenses have been covered by insurance”. He went on to say that the aircraft ceiling was damaged by the impact from a passenger who hurtled upwards during the turbulence.
The aircraft has been flown back to Bangkok for inspection.
Flight TG600 left Thailand at 8.16am and was due to arrive at Hong Kong International Airport at around noon. Onboard were 500 passengers, two pilots and 24 cabin crew members. The flight ran into turbulence shortly before descent. It managed to land at the airport safely at 12.08, (11.08 Thai time).
After the incident THAI ground officers and local officials sent the injured to hospital for treatment and assisted other to go through the airport entry channels. THAI wanted to apologise to the passengers and take care of all medical expenses.
Meanwhile a flight operated by Hong Kong Airlines, HX762, from Phuket International Airport was also reported to have hit air turbulence while landing at the airport about 9,30pm on Friday. Six people were reported injured, three passengers and three cabin crew. The plane landed safely.
Story by Ann Kwanta