Seven hurt in MidEast jet turbulence drama

Passengers injured as Royal Jordanian aircraft is buffeted during flight from New York
Seven hurt in MidEast jet turbulence drama
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 09 Nov 2012 10:00 AM

Seven passengers were injured when a Royal Jordanian aircraft hit turbulence over the UK, the Middle East-based airline has said.

In a statement, the carrier said the aircraft was hit by turbulence on November 7 en route from New York's JFK international Airport to Amman.

"Seven passengers were slightly injured," the airline said, adding that they were taken to hospital as a precaution after the plane landed.

The airline said that the A340 aircraft suddenly entered in "moderate turbulence" and the captain did not get any warning from the air navigation systems in the cockpit.

"Thus, the aircraft was shaken by the turbulence and seven passengers, who were moving in the cabin, suffered minor injuries. The rest of the passengers who kept their safety belts fastened were not affected," the statement said.

Royal Jordanian president and CEO, Amer Hadidi said air safety officials at the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission and the Civil Defence team received the aircraft upon landing at Queen Alia International Airport. First aid was provided to the injured and they were taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The aircraft had 139 passengers onboard including 12 crew members.

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