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12 people injured on Doha-Dublin flight

Twelve people were injured due to turbulence on a flight from Doha to Dublin.

Dublin airport operator DAA said the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner encountered turbulence while flying over Türkiye.

Upon landing just before 13:00 local time, Qatar Airways flight QR017 was met by rescue forces including airport police, ambulances and firefighters.

Six passengers and six crew members reported injuries – of these, eight were taken to hospital.

A DAA spokesperson said: “The Dublin Airport team continues to provide full support on the ground to passengers and aviation staff.”

DAA added that operations at the airport are not affected and return flights are expected to operate normally this afternoon, “although there are delays”.

The National Ambulance Service said it had received advance warning of its presence at the airport and was “currently on site to facilitate and assist with the disembarkation of passengers”.

Qatar Airways told BBC News NI in a statement that “a small number of passengers and crew suffered minor injuries during the flight and are currently receiving medical attention”.

It added: “The matter is currently under internal investigation.”

Passengers said the incident was scary and the plane appeared to fall out of the air for about 20 seconds while food and drinks were being served.

A man named Cathal, who was returning to Ireland from Doha, told Irish broadcaster RTÉ that the seat belt sign went off during the incident and his dinner flew off his lap.

Another passenger, Eileen, said it was the “worst experience” she had ever had on a plane.

Her partner, Tony, said he had to hold her back because she was not wearing a seatbelt and had fallen asleep during turbulence.

“I can tell you I’m in no rush to get back on the plane,” Eileen said.

The incident happened after that death of a 73-year-old British man on a flight to Singapore that encountered severe turbulence earlier this week.

More than 100 people were injured, 20 of whom are in intensive care for spinal injuries.

Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong apologized and offered his “deepest apologies to those affected” by the “sudden extreme chaos”.

The Singapore government has promised a thorough investigation.


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