Terrified passengers suffer broken bones and one is left seriously injured during severe turbulence minutes before landing in Germany
- 13 people reported injuried after Eurowings flew into turbulence above Berlin
- A doctor decided eight should be taken to nearby hospital for treatment
- Injuries included head wounds, lacerations, fractures and cervical injuries
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Severe turbulence injured 13 people as a flight prepared to land in Germany on Monday, with one woman left in a serious condition.
The Eurowings Airbus A319 flew into turbulence just over Berlin’s Tegel airport, injuring 13 people with eight of those requiring further medical attention in hospital.
Those hurt suffered from head wounds, finger fractures, deep cuts and cervical injuries.
The flight was nearing its final destination, returning from Lamezia Terme, Italy when the captain spotted a ‘closed-cloud formation at an altitude of 9,000 meters,’ according to a Eurowings spokeswoman.
On Monday, a Eurowings aircraft (pictured) ran into turbulence before landing at Berlin’s Tegel airport. 13 people were injured but a doctor decided only eight needed further medical attention. Among those was one woman who was ‘seriously injured’ but her condition is not thought to be life-threatening
Eurowings aircraft at Vienna International Airport. On landing, emergency services rushed to the plane
‘He then switched on the seat belt signs as a precaution. These would normally go on about ten minutes before landing once the aircraft is at an altitude of 3000 metres,’ she said.
It’s reported the captain then made an announcement in both German and English to warn the passengers of the stormy conditions ahead and to ask them to return to their seats and fasten their seatbelts.
According to Aviation24.de, people ignored him and left their seatbelts unfastened.
‘During the announcement there was indeed turbulence, in which passengers who had not yet fastened their seat belts this quickly were unfortunately injured,’ the spokeswoman added.
On landing, emergency services, including the fire brigade and ambulances, rushed to the plane to provide assistance.
The seriously injured female passenger is not thought to be in a life-threatening condition.
The rest of the passengers were taken to the terminal.
Eurowings has been contacted for further comment.