Turbulence drama injures 13 on Emirates flight

Flight attendant reportedly suffers serious injury during flight to Jakarta

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

A number of passengers and crew on an Emirates Airline flight from Dubai to Jakarta sustained minor to serious injuries after the aircraft was caught in heavy turbulence.

The Emirates Boeing 777-300 jet was carrying 374 passengers on board as it performed flight EK-358 to the Indonesian capital on May 17 when 10 passengers and three cabin crew were hurt after the plane encountered turbulence over the Nicobar Islands.

Aviation Herald reported that the crew at this point decided to divert the flight to Singapore, where the injured were disembarked and taken to hospital.

One flight attendant was a diagnosed with a serious injury to the cervical vertebra, while others were discharged following treatment for minor injuries.

The flight was grounded for approximately 18 hours in Singapore before continuing its journey. Passengers injured in the turbulence were booked onto alternative flights.

In a study published by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre earlier this year, Dubai-based Emirates along with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways were named among the world’s airlines with the best safety records.

A spokesperson for Emirates did not immediately respond to Arabian Business’s request for comment on the incident.

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Posted by: RAH

I am glad to see many not blaming an airline for air turbulence but may I remind all one important thing:

Always keep your seatbelt fastened when seated, even when the seatbelt sign is off.

Turbulence can happen at the last minute and not always picked up by the pilot's radar to provide you with advance notice.

So please make it a habit to keep your belts fastened during your flight and while asleep and make sure you convey this message to your travelling family to ensure their safety and minimize turbulence-related injury.

Wish you all a great and safe summer trips home and/or abroad.

Posted by: Yunus

Emirates is the Best Airline in the World....Period! ......I've been flying with them since 1998 ,when I buy an Emirates airline ticket I buy comfort, punctuality, customer service and safety.....that's just my experience.

Posted by: Melanius

Yes this could happen to any plane, but ensuring the safety of the aircraft is important and Emirates does that always. I would actually feel insecure in some of the western and east European carriers if it happened. it surprises me that some aircrafts are still being used.

Posted by: Ullattil Achu

These kind of turbulence are really scary , I was caught in one of those and it was during a Emirates flight . It can again happen and it could be while in another Airlines . So blaming one Particular airlines , especially Emirates, make no sense. It is one of the safest and I always Choose Emirates and Qatar Airways over others.

Posted by: Pier

I agree with Ramez. Things like this happen every now and then, but it is not Emirates' fault. Planes, pilots and cabin crews are always top of the range. Never I felt unsafe on any of Emirates flights I took, and it is a testament to the quality of the Airline

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