Aeroflot flight to Bangkok hits clear air turbulence; 27 hurt


BANGKOK, Thailand – A total of 27 people were injured on Monday, May 1,  when an Aeroflot flight from Moscow hit strong air turbulence while preparing for landing in Bangkok.

The airline said the turbulence occurred after the plane flew through a “clear air” pocket, 40 minutes away from the Thai capital.

An official at Russian Embassy in Bangkok confirmed that 24 Russian nationals and three Thais aboard Boeing 777, Flight SU270 suffered injuries. Of the 27 injured, 15 Russians and 2 Thais are still receiving medical treatment in a hospital while others have been discharged, the official added.

In a statement, Russian Embassy said “all the injured were taken to a local hospital with injuries of varying degrees of severity — mainly fractures and contusions. Some need an operation but the head of the Russian Embassy said: “none of the injuries were life-threatening.”

The airline said it would pay for the medical costs of all of the people injured.

Source: The Nation, Khaosod English

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