South African Airways Fight Hits Turbulence, Multiple Passengers Injured

Flight SA286 from Johannesburg hits severe weather on its route to Hong Kong.
1:37 | 07/16/14

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No you to the nightmare in the sky. Severe turbulence on an overseas flight so bad the cabin cracked and passengers thrown from their seats, 20 injured, 2 critically. Terry has the latest from London. Reporter: What a terrifying experience it was for the 165 passengers on board south african airways flight 286 from johannesburg to Hong Kong when it landed in Hong Kong, emergency crews and ambulances were rushed to the scene. You see them there and you can sense some of the severe weather of the injuries. Head and neck injuries as you said, 20 passenger, three crew members were hospitalized and this, this is what it looked like on board. Passengers thrown around by severe turbulence slammed into the ceiling. That hole punched in the overhead compartment was made by a passenger's head of the other ceiling panels cracked. Most of the damage at the back of the plane. Many passengers were sleeping and some not wearing seat belts. The turbulence lasted for several minutes. We are told by passengers one of them saying it was like the end of the world. Just a really frightening flight there. Terry, I know you've been looking into how new planes will have new technology to deal with this turbulence. Reporter: It's amazing, George. I was at the air show here in England yesterday, one of the major air shows in the world. New passenger jets have these incredibly sophisticated computers on board. A next generation advance. They will make instantaneous adjustments in speed to limit its effect and should help with this quite a bit but the basic lesson, wear your seat belt. And tie it tight. Okay, terry Moran, thanks so much.

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