Severe Turbulence Sends Passengers Flying From Their Seats

PHOTO: Medics were waiting to assist passengers and crew injured during a South African Airways flight to Hong Kong, July 16, 2014.
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Severe turbulence struck a South African Airways plane that was heading to Hong Kong, injuring 20 people before the aircraft landed safely today, the airline said.

Medics were waiting at the Hong Kong airport to assist passengers on Flight 286, which had departed Johannesburg Tuesday.

PHOTO: Severe turbulence struck a South African Airways plane that was heading to Hong Kong, injuring passengers and crew, July 16, 2014.
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PHOTO: Severe turbulence struck a South African Airways plane that was heading to Hong Kong, injuring passengers and crew, July 16, 2014.

An infant was among the injured passengers, the airline said in a news release, and two of the people onboard sustained serious injuries.

The turbulence happened as the aircraft flew over Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. Interior panels of the aircraft were damaged and the plane’s cabin was cracked during the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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