Passengers injured as turbulence strikes flight landing at Sydney Airport
Seven people have been taken to hospital after a flight hit turbulence as it landed at Sydney Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency crews were called to the airport at 2.40pm.
A spokesman for NSW Ambulance said three patients were treated for neck pain, one for back pain, one for a laceration to their jaw, another for a wrist injury, and one for a minor head injury.
Two were taken to Prince of Wales Hospital, two to St George Hospital and three to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
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All were transported by road.
Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Passenger Jack Chen recounted the ordeal: "Before the landing there was terrible turbulence, and some passengers [were] without their seatbelt and their head hitting the top of the aeroplane," he told Seven News.
"You [could] see the cabin was broken. It was terrible."
It is understood the plane involved was China Eastern Airlines flight MU777, an Airbus A330 which had flown from Kunming in south-west China.
The service to Sydney operated for the first time last Thursday.
Sydney Airport confirmed emergency services were on site to treat the "small number of injured passengers" after turbulence.
A very warm welcome to China Eastern flight MU777 which just arrived on its inaugural service from Kunming to Sydney! 🇨🇳✈️🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/6kJYEq347o— Sydney Airport ✈️ (@SydneyAirport) November 24, 2016
China Eastern's general manager for oceania, Kathy Zhang, said in a statement: "We are liaising with the hospitals to monitor the injured passengers and our focus for now is on the wellbeing of all our passengers and crew. The safety of our passengers is our primary concern and we have confirmed that all of the affected passengers are in a stable condition having received treatment for their injuries."
Several other international flights landed around the time ambulance crews were called, including an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland and an Air China flight from Beijing.