October, 21 2010 10:21:36

Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines' Paris flight

HCM CITY — Eighteen passengers and three crew members were injured by severe turbulence yesterday while on board Vietnam Airlines Flight VN535 from Ha Noi to Paris.

The flight operated a Boeing 777-200 aircraft and was carrying 222 passengers and 15 crew members.

Immediately after the incident, the captain and Vietnam Airlines Operation Control Centre requested that local airport authorities be prepared with medical assistance upon landing.

The crew provided first aid and took other necessary measures to all injured passengers while the plane continued its route to Paris, finally landing safely at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

All 21 injured passengers and crew members were taken to the airport clinic for medical evaluation, and nine were later sent to a local hospital for treatment.

As of 8pm yesterday, most of the injured had been discharged from the hospital and are expected to recover soon.

A press release from the carrier said that all remaining passengers were safe and unaffected.

The aircraft is currently grounded at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and will go through further evaluation and maintenance before returning to Viet Nam.

Vietnam Airlines is proactively co-operating with local authorities and insurance partners to complete necessary formalities and to provide further assistance to passengers.

Passengers requesting assistance are advised to contact the carrier's hotline at: +84.904123113 (Ha Noi, Viet Nam) and +33 144553941 (Paris). — VNS

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