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Qatar Airways jet makes emergency landing after turbulence injures passengers

Qatar Airways jet makes emergency landing after turbulence injures passengers

According to reports, several passengers were injured during the turbulence

A Qatar Airways flight made an emergency landing at a Portuguese military base on Sunday following severe turbulence onboard.

Flight QR708, travelling from Washington to Doha, was re-routed to the Azores islands in the North Atlantic, and landed at the Lajes Air Base around five hours after takeoff.

According to reports, several passengers onboard the Boeing 777 jet were injured during the turbulence.

“All the passengers were taken to a hotel in the evening and are due to depart on Monday morning,” an airbase spokesman told AFP, adding that several people onboard had “suffered light injuries during the turbulence”.

“There was a medical emergency as one of the passengers had a cardiac complaint during the turbulence,” a civil protection official in the Azores told the agency. “He was hospitalised along with two other passengers.”

Qatar Airways said it had dispatched an aircraft to Azores to bring the passengers back to Doha and that it was arranging hotels and visas for passengers.

However, passengers complained about poor arrangements.

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