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China Airlines turbulent flight to Bali

Unal Basusta, eTN Ambassador  Sep 21, 2008

Thirteen Chinese were hurt when a plane operated by China Airlines was struck by turbulence on its route from Taipei to Bali of Indonesia on Saturday, a doctor said.

Guning Atmajaya, the doctor who treated eight of the hurt passengers at the Sanglah Hospital, said that six of them were seriously injured and needed an intensive medical care.

"All of the 13 injured passengers are Chinese. Six of them need special medical treatment as they suffered from serious broken bones," he told Xinhua on telephone from the hospital.

The plane with the flight number CI-687 and 400 passengers on board was hit by the turbulence around 14:00 Bali time, which caused the plane swaying, head of the Indonesian health ministry crisis center Rustam Pakaya said.

"The turbulence strongly hit the plane and hurt 13 people, six of them suffering from broken bones," he told Xinhua.

The plane landed at 14:10 Bali time, said Pakaya.

Security officer at the Ngurah Rai international airport in BaliMade Sugiarta told Xinhua that the plane was on its route from Taipei of China to Bali of Indonesia.

China Airlines turbulent flight to Bali
Image via New York Times

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