Etihad flight to Jakarta hit by turbulence, 31 injured

​The A330 aircraft encountered severe turbulence close to Jakarta airport



Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad Airways has confirmed that 31 passengers and crew members were injured after its flight to Jakarta was hit by severe turbulence on Wednesday.

“Flight EY474 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta on May 4, 2016 encountered severe and unexpected turbulence about 45 minutes prior to arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport,” the airline said in a brief statement.

The carrier confirmed that the flight landed safely and passengers were met by medical assistance teams as they disembarked the aircraft.
Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad Airways has confirmed that 31 passengers and crew members were injured after its flight to Jakarta was hit by severe turbulence on Wednesday.

“Flight EY474 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta on May 4, 2016 encountered severe and unexpected turbulence about 45 minutes prior to arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport,” the airline said in a brief statement.

The carrier confirmed that the flight landed safely and passengers were met by medical assistance teams as they disembarked the aircraft.

Among the 31 injured, 22 have been released from the airport clinic after being treated by paramedics for minor injuries. Nine other passengers and a crew member were taken to a local hospital.

The turbulence also caused some damage to cabin storage areas.

The A330-200 aircraft left Abu Dhabi at 3.20am this morning, 20 minutes later than its scheduled departure time.

However it arrived around 30 minutes earlier than its scheduled arrival time of 3.00pm local time at the Indonesian capital, according to flightstats.com.

Following the incident, Etihad confirmed that the return flight EY475 from Jakarta to Abu Dhabi on May 4 has been cancelled.

“Etihad Airways has sent a support team from its home base in Abu Dhabi, and is assisting passengers scheduled to travel on this flight, by rebooking them on alternate flights or providing hotel accommodation,” a statement said.

“We are providing all possible assistance to affected passengers,” it added.

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