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Dublin flight hits turbulence

Twelve passengers on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Ireland were injured during turbulence, Dublin Airport reported on Sunday, May 26. Despite the incident, the plane landed safely and on schedule.

The flight, QR017, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, arrived shortly before 1 p.m. Dublin time (1200 GMT), according to the airport.

“Upon landing, the aircraft was met by emergency services, including Airport Police and our Fire and Rescue department, after 6 passengers and 6 crew members reported injuries due to turbulence while airborne over Turkey,” Dublin Airport said in a statement.

Irish broadcaster RTE, citing passengers arriving at Dublin Airport, reported that the incident lasted less than 20 seconds and occurred during the food and drinks service

Qatar Airways stated that a “small number” of passengers and crew sustained minor injuries during the flight and were receiving medical attention.

The airline did not directly comment on the turbulence but mentioned that the incident is under internal investigation.

This event occurred five days after a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore had to land in Bangkok due to severe turbulence, resulting in the death of a 73-year-old British man and leaving 20 others in intensive care.

According to a 2021 study by the US National Transportation Safety Board, turbulence-related accidents are the most common type of airline incident. The agency found that from 2009 to 2018, turbulence accounted for more than a third of reported airline accidents, most of which resulted in one or more serious injuries but no aircraft damage.

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