Severe Turbulence Leaves 12 Injured On Another International Flight

By Jason Hall

May 26, 2024

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Twelve people were injured Sunday (May 26) during the second incident caused by severe turbulence on an international flight in less than a week, the New York Post reports.

The Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight QR107, which departed from Doha, landed at its intended destination at Dublin Airport just before 1:00 p.m., but resulted in six passengers and six crew members experiencing injuries, “after the aircraft experienced turbulence while airborne over Turkey,” Dublin Airport confirmed on its X account.

"Qatar Airways flight QR017 from Doha landed safely as scheduled at Dublin Airport shortly before 13.00 on Sunday," the X post states. "Upon landing, the aircraft was met by emergency services, including Airport Police and our Fire and Rescue department, due to 6 passengers and 6 crew [12 total] on board reporting injuries after the aircraft experienced turbulence while airborne over Turkey. All passengers were assessed for injury prior to disembarking the aircraft."

Eight passengers were hospitalized in relation to the incident. A return flight to Doha was reported to operate as normally scheduled, "albeit with a delay," according to the airport.

"Flight operations at Dublin Airport were unaffected and continue as normal this afternoon," Dublin Airport added.

The incident occurred five days after a 73-year-old British man was killed and more than 30 others were injured after a Singapore Airlines Boeing plane experienced severe turbulence, causing it to plunge 6,000 feet, before making an emergency landing on Tuesday (May 21), the New York Post reported The Boeing 777-300ER jet was traveling from Singapore to London at the time of the incident, which occurred at around 3:45 p.m. local time in Bangkok, where the aircraft landed.

A total 211 passengers and 18 crew members were on board the plane at the time of the severe turbulence. Boeing aircrafts have been reported to have experienced several serious incidents after the door plug panel blew off of an Alaska Airlines 737 Max mid-flight on January 5, which has led to Senate hearings over safety culture and manufacturing quality.

Earlier this month, the engine of a Garuda Indonesia Boeing 747 jet caught fire during takeoff, which forced it to make an emergency landing, the New York Post reports. Ten more would-be whistleblowers have publicly chastised Boeing over safety inspections after the first two, John Barnett, 62, and Joshua Dean, 45, died mysteriously within weeks of each other.

“These men were heroes. So are all the whistleblowers. They loved the company and wanted to help the company do better,” said Brian Knowles, a Charleston, South Carolina attorney who represented both Barnett and Dean, via the New York Post earlier this month. “They didn’t speak out to be aggravating or for fame. They’re raising concerns because people’s lives are at stake.”

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