'It was a miracle we survived': Horrific in-flight turbulence leaves passengers and crew seriously injured

By admin
07 June 2016

Shocking photos show the cabin in chaos after severe turbulence took the crew by surprise.

As many as 23 crew and passengers received medical attention after their plane was hit by severe turbulence.

The Avianca 965 flight had been travelling from the Peruvian capital of Lima to the airport of Ezeiza in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires when the plane went through areas of severe turbulence.

According to a press release from Avianca the plane suffered "from strong unexpected turbulence when passing over the Andes Mountain range around 01:11."

As it passed through a stretch of bad weather, the sudden jerks of the N279AV aircraft surprised those on board, including crew who were reportedly not wearing their safety belts at the time.

Fright In The Air - Turbulence Leaves Many Injured During Flight

Although reports from the airport confirmed that 23 people received medical attention upon arrival, the airline detailed in their communication that 12 people were injured during the flight. According to the airline, eight crew members and four passengers received knocks and injuries during the turbulence.

Concerning those injured, Avianca commented that: "Ten people were admitted to hospital for their respective checks. Six of them have already been released with the all clear and the four remaining, all crew members, continue to receive medical attention at the clinic."

Fright In The Air - Turbulence Leaves Many Injured During Flight One witness recalled how a passenger was jerked upwards and slammed their head, breaking a piece of plastic in the plane. Some other passengers shared photos of the incident on social media. The images show food all over the floor, oxygen masks hanging down and air hostesses with neck braces. One passenger, Alejandro Babato, complained: "Nobody from Avianca was there to meet us when we arrived in Ezeiza to see how we were. It was a miracle we survived."

An Avianca spokesman said: "We lament the incident and will remain in contact to monitor the state of those passengers affected."

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