The overnight Qantas flight - QF68 - between Hong
Kong and Perth encountered severe turbulence over Borneo in
Malaysia approximately 4 hours out of Hong Kong.
As a result, 6 passengers and 1 crew
member sustained minor injuries and were treated on
The 7 people who required hospitalisation once
they had landed in Perth have already been released from hospital.
"The aircraft most likely encountered what is
known as convective turbulence, which led to it rapidly gaining
around 800 feet in altitude before returning to its cruising
altitude of 38,000 feet," said Qantas Group Executive Government
and Corporate Affairs, Mr David Epstein. "This convective
turbulence is not normally visible to weather radar."
There were 206 passengers and 13 flight and cabin
crew on the aircraft.
Turbulence, especially at this time of year
which is the rainy season in many parts of Asia, is a common
occurrence and the main reason that passengers are always
encouraged to wear their seat belt at all times while seated inflight.
The Airbus A330-300 aircraft was being
flown by an experienced crew led by Captain Brett Flack.
The captain also reported minor damage
to 2 overhead panels in the cabin and 2 oxygen masks
The plane landed safely in Perth at
around 07:45 local time.
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