Passengers and crew on a Thai Airways flight to Hong Kong were injured today (August 30) when turbulence struck as the A380 was preparing to land.
Initial reports from news agency AFP suggested that more than 50 passengers and crew were injured when flight TG600 from Bangkok was hit by “unforeseen turbulence”.
But the airline said that 20 passengers and crew had been injured in the incident on the superjumbo, which was able to land safely at Chek Lap Kok airport.
AFP reported that one crew member had suffered a broken collarbone while most of the injuries were minor such as bruising.
“Thai regrets this unforeseen weather occurrence and will tend to medical expenses of all passengers and staff who were injured,” said the airline in a statement.
Thai Airways’ acting president Chokchai Panyayong added: “As the aircraft was descending to Chek Lap Kok airport, Hong Kong, an unforeseen turbulence occurred, causing injury to 20 passengers and cabin attendants, according to initial reports.
“Thereafter, despite the turbulence, the pilots safely landed the aircraft, with Thai’s ground customer services staff at Chek Lap Kok airport and Hong Kong International Airport Authority staff immediately transporting the injured to hospital.
“All other passengers proceeded through the passenger terminal arrivals hall at Chek Lap Kok airport according to normal arrival procedures and formalities.”