Twenty six hurt after China Eastern Airlines flight caught in turbulence

The huge hole in the Eastern Chinese airplane being assessed

Flight MU744, departing from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, was about to land in Kunming Changshui International Airport yesterday morning when it was hit by turbulence, the China Eastern Airlines said via its Weibo account.

Others are being treated for scalp lacerations, bone fractures and soft tissue injuries from falling baggage.

A slightly injured passenger surnamed Zhang was quoted as saying: "We felt strong turbulence twice and minor turbulence three times".

A passenger on board the flight said that the plane experienced two violent bumps and then several smaller bumps that occurred over a 10-minute span.

Flight MU774 was reportedly descending over Yunnan province after nine hours aloft when the turbulence struck.

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At least 26 passengers were injured Saturday after their plane encountered severe turbulence. Baggages fell on many of them as well. Four of them sustain serious injuries.

"Flight landed safely in Kunming, medical services were arranged", the statement said.

A China Eastern Airlines plane departs from Hongqiaou Airport in shanghai, February 8, 2015. It added that all passengers should fasten safety belts during flights for safety. "We feel lucky the plane did not crash", said another injured passenger. No passengers or crew were injured and the carrier was investigating the incident.

Images show a gaping hole across the engine casing of the Airbus A330, which departed at 8.30pm on June 11.

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