25 Hurt as Crazy Turbulence Hurls Fliers to Ceiling
Plane lands in Hong Kong, meets ambulances
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2014 10:01 AM CDT
Passengers on a South African Airways flight were reportedly thrown to the ceiling.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A flight bound for Hong Kong today offers a pretty good argument for wearing your seatbelt. Some 25 passengers on a South African Airways jet from Johannesburg were hurt amid some serious turbulence, the South China Morning Post reports. The shaking was so strong that "most of the injured hit their heads on the roof of the cabin," one passenger says. The turbulence came on suddenly, the paper notes; officials say it occurred over Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the AP reports.

Two people on the A340 aircraft were seriously hurt, and 20 were hospitalized; there were 165 passengers on the plane, per the AP. Emergency crews met the plane when it landed at Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport. Those hurt were mostly sitting in the rear, says another passenger, who had praise for the crew: "A lot of the passengers were scared, but generally speaking the crew had it under control and the landing was very good." A business traveler wasn't so sure: "It was like the end of the world," he says.

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Jul 19, 2014 11:41 PM CDT
OMG, I traveled across the continent today, and was so inconvenienced
Jul 16, 2014 5:47 PM CDT
No sympathy for anyone who flies and doesn't leave their seatbelt fastened, at least loosely. Maybe that knock on the noggin will knock some sense into them.
Jul 16, 2014 2:20 PM CDT
I suppose we won't get an accurate description of anyone in the john at the time. I don't really use the term "john" anymore - have changed it to "jim." I think it just sounds better to say "I went to the jim this morning."