26 hurt when China Eastern flight hits turbulence

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At least 26 people were injured, four of them seriously, when a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris hit turbulence on Sunday over southwest China, state media said.

Xinhua reported that the passengers suffered injuries, including skull base fractures, shoulder fractures and scalp lacerations, caused by falling baggage or collisions with overhead lockers.

None of the injured, however, are in critical condition. We remind all travelers to please fasten their seat belts during the entirety of each trip.

A slightly injured passenger surnamed Zhang was quoted as saying: "We felt strong turbulence twice and minor turbulence three times".

It was the second incident involving the airline recently.

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China Eastern said in a statement that the flight crew took necessary measures and after the flight landed safely.

"Even in extremely rough air, the wing is not going to break off and the plane is not going to flip upside down", pilot Patrick Smith told Gizmodo. In the span of 10 minutes, the Airbus A330 experienced two violent bumps along with several smaller bumps.

Despite the heavy turbulence, China Eastern Airlines confirmed that the flight landed at approximately 9 a.m., or only about an hour later than it was scheduled to arrive. "Even in these cases, the aircraft was able to land safely".

It's unclear when exactly the turbulence struck. Upon landing, passengers even noticed a large hole in the plane near the engine.

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