At least 26 hurt after China Eastern Airlines flight hits turbulence

Chinese passenger plane diverts due to huge hole in engine

The injured are being treated in two hospitals in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province after the plane landed safely at 8:50 am today, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

"The process lasted about 10 minutes".

In the end, the plane landed safely in Kunming while passengers inside suffered from broken bones, cuts to the head and a variety of minor injuries.

The plane, also an Airbus A330, was en route from Sydney to Shanghai when passengers and crew smelled something burning. Four of those injured were in serious condition.

The company did not specify how long or where the turbulence occurred on the flight.

First People's Hospital in the province disclosed that none of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

Passengers of China Eastern Airlines have told of terror after their flight from Paris was yesterday hit by severe turbulence, causing many on board to be "thrown to the ceiling".

On June 11, China Eastern Airlines flight MU736 bound for Shanghai turned back to Sydney and made an emergency landing with a large hole in one of the aircraft's engines.

China Eastern Airlines said on its microblog that it had arranged medical services but gave no other details.

No passengers or crew were injured.

"China Eastern Airlines said on its official micro blog account: "(We) remind all passengers, for your safety, please fasten safety belts".


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