Tuesday, 2 May 2017

25 Hurt as Aeroflot Boeing 777 hits turbulence

25 people were hospitalised when an Aeroflot Boeing 777 travelling from Moscow to Bangkok hit severe turbulence as it was preparing to land in Bangkok yesterday (Monday 1st May).
The Russian airline confirmed in a statement that 14 of the 313 passengers aboard the aircraft were still receiving medical treatment, while 11 others had been discharged from hospital.
Flight SU270 was about 40 minutes away from Bangkok when it hit "clear air turbulence" which is unable to be picked up by the weather radar. As a result, passengers were not warned in advance.
The airline said it was an experienced crew at the helm and the chief pilot on the flight boasted more than 23,000 flight hours, while his co-pilot had more than 10,000 hours in the skies.
Aeroflot said it would pay for the medical costs of all of the people injured.

Aircraft Details are:
Operator: Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-3M0 ER
Registration: VP-BGD
Serial Number: 41681
Flight Number: SU 270
First Flight: 23/02/2013 (4yrs 2 mths)
Test Registration: N5016R

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