Twelve people injured after Qatar Airways plane encountered turbulence during flight to Dublin

LONDON — Twelve people were injured when a Qatar Airways plane flying from Doha to Dublin encountered turbulence on Sunday, airport authorities said. Eight of the injured were hospitalized.

Dublin Airport said in a statement that flight QR017, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, landed safely as scheduled before 1:00 pm (12:00 GMT).

It said the plane was met upon landing by emergency services, including airport police and the fire and rescue department, “as six passengers and six crew members… reported injuries after the aircraft experienced turbulence while flying in the skies over Turkey.”

The airport said all passengers on board the plane were assessed for injuries, and eight were subsequently taken to hospital.

Passenger Paul Mocc told Irish broadcaster RTE that he saw “people hitting the roof” and food and drinks flying everywhere.

Another traveler, Emma Rose Power, told RTE that after the turbulence, “some of the flight attendants I saw had scratches on their faces, they had ice on their faces. There was a girl with a garland on her arm.”

Qatar Airways said in a statement that “a small number of passengers and crew suffered minor injuries during the flight and are now receiving medical attention.”

It said that “the matter is now subject to an internal investigation.”

The incident comes five days after a British man died of a suspected heart attack and dozens of people were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight from London encountered severe turbulence.

Although deaths from turbulence are rare, injuries have piled up over the years. Some meteorologists and aviation analysts note that reports of turbulence have also increased, pointing to the potential impact climate change could have on flying conditions.

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