Tuesday, 18 June 2019

10 Injured inflight due to turbulence

10 Passengers have been injured as a Boeing 737 encountered severe turbulence over Italy.  While flying from Pristina, Kosovo (PRN/BKPR) to Basel, Switzerland (BSL/LFSB) on Sunday, an ALK Airlines Boeing 737-300 encountered severe turbulence over Italy. The resulting bumpy ride injured 10 passengers. People were scalded by hot water and coffee as items from the drinks trolley were sent flying through the air half an hour after take off. Passengers said they feared for there life during the sudden bout of turbulence. The flight from the Kosovo capital Pristina was 30 minutes away from landing, passing over South Tyrol, when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence, it was attempting to avoid a severe thunderstorm ahead. On landing in Basel, 10 of the 121 passengers on board were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries. Passengers reported that one of the jolts was so severe that the seats were being ripped from their anchoring points. Following a two-and-a-half hour turnaround the aircraft, flight VBB-7206, made the return journey to Pristina.

Aircraft Information
Airline: ALK Airlines
Code: VBB
Aircraft: B737-3H4
Registration: LZ-MVK
Serial Number: 26571
Engines: 2 X CFMI CFM56-3B1
First Flew: 3rd June 1992
Age: 27 Yrs Old

This aircraft started off with at Southwest Airlines.
ALK Airlines took delivery on the 27th July 2018

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