Qatar Airways' Doha-Dublin flight hits turbulence, 12 injured

Six passengers and six crew members were rushed to a nearby hospital

Qatar airways flight turbulence Representative image | Qatar Airways Facebook account

Just days after a Singapore Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence, another incident occurred on Sunday. This time, a Qatar Airways Doha-Dublin flight experienced turbulence, resulting in injuries to 12 people. 

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner experienced turbulence while airborne over Turkey, the operator of Dublin Airport, the DAA, said.

Emergency services rushed to the Qatar Airways flight QR017 upon landing shortly before 13:00 local time. Six passengers and six crew members have reported injuries. 

"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," Dublin Airport said in a statement.

"The Dublin Airport team continues to provide full assistance on the ground to passengers and airline staff," a DAA spokesperson said.

Qatar Airways in a statement that a small number of passengers and crew sustained minor injuries in flight and are now receiving medical attention.

The spokesperson also said that the operations at the airport remain unaffected. 

A 73-year-old British man died on a Singapore-bound flight after experiencing severe turbulence. Over 100 people were injured and around 20 of them are still in intensive care in Bangkok hospital. According to the hospital authorities, many suffered head and spine injuries. Adinun Kittiratanapaibool, director of Bangkok’s Samitivej Srinakarin hospital, said his staff were treating six people for skull and brain injuries, 22 for spinal injuries, and 13 for bone, muscle and other injuries.

According to a study conducted by the US National Transportation Safety Board in 2021, turbulence-related airline accidents are the most common type. 


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