Eight injured as Cathay flight hits severe turbulence

27th Jun 2008

Cathay Pacific Airways has confirmed that a total of eight people - five passengers and three cabin crew - were sent to hospital following an incidence of severe turbulence on Thursday 28 June CX708 flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.
All five passengers - one from Japan and four from Mainland China - have been treated and already discharged from hospital. The airline is arranging hotel accommodation tonight and will help to rearrange their onward flights tomorrow if needed.

Cathay Pacific staff have been with the injured passengers at all times, helping to keep them in touch with friends and relatives.

Of the three cabin crew injured in the incident, one suffered minor injuries and has already been discharged. The other two suffered more serious injuries and have been kept in hospital overnight for treatment and further observation.

The Airbus A330-300 aircraft operating flight CX708 struck an unexpected pocket of turbulence during the early stages of its descent into Hong Kong International Airport this afternoon. The “fasten safety belt” sign had been activated some 12 minutes before the incident and an announcement to passengers had already been made by the crew.

Cathay Pacific says it is doing everything possible to help the affected passengers and staff. The airline has already begun an internal investigation into the event and is keeping the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department fully informed.



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