27 hurt as severe turbulence hits Suvarnabhumi-bound flight

27 hurt as severe turbulence hits Suvarnabhumi-bound flight

Screengrab from YouTube video shows passengers hitting the floor of the Aeroflot jetliner as it flew from Moscow to Bangkok. (YouTube/Anna Ledovskikh)
Screengrab from YouTube video shows passengers hitting the floor of the Aeroflot jetliner as it flew from Moscow to Bangkok. (YouTube/Anna Ledovskikh)

Severe turbulence out of a clear blue sky shook a Bangkok-bound Russian flight, hurling unsuspecting passengers to the roof and injuring at least 27 of them, including three Thais.

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27 hurt on Aeroflot flight to Bangkok

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At least 27 people were injured on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok that landed Monday at Suvarnabhumi airport after hitting severe turbulence.

There were no life-threatening injuries but some of the passengers suffered from fractured bones.

Flight SU270 hit an air pocket, the Russian embassy in Thailand said in a statement, adding that 24 of the injured were Russian nationals. The other three injured were Thai citizens.

Passenger phone footage broadcast by Rossiya 24 state television channel showed a scene of chaos inside the cabin, with injured passengers on the floor, smears of blood on luggage racks and oxygen masks hanging down.

"We were hurled up into the roof of the plane, it was practically impossible to hold on," a passenger who gave her first name as Yevgenia told Rossiya 24 by phone.

"It felt like the shaking wouldn't stop, that we would just crash," she added.

The Russian airline said in an earlier statement that the Boeing 777 was hit by "severe turbulence" 40 minutes before landing in the Thai capital.

It said the crew was unable to warn passengers of the approaching danger as the turbulence occurred in a clear sky.

"All the injured were sent to a local hospital with injuries of a different kind of severity, mainly fractures and bruises," the embassy said. "The reasons behind the injures was that some of the passengers had not had their seatbelts fastened."

None of the injuries are life-threatening but some of the injured have had to undergo surgery, according to the head of the Russian embassy's consular department.

The Aeroflot plane landed at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport at 8.20am local time on Monday. Airport officials declined to comment.

Aeroflot operates two flights a day from Moscow to Bangkok. Thailand has become a very popular destination for Russian tourists, with just over a million of them visiting the country last year, mostly to the southern beach resorts.

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Vocabulary

  • air pocket (noun): an area of low air pressure that makes a plane suddenly drop while flying - อากาศหนาบางไม่เท่ากันทำให้เครื่องบินตกหลุมอากาศบ่อยๆ
  • approach: moving or coming closer - การเข้าใกล้
  • blood (noun): the red liquid that flows through the bodies of humans and animals - เลือด
  • broadcast: to send out a programme on television or radio - กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว
  • bruise: a mark that you get on your body if you are hit or if you knock against something - แผลฟกช้ำ, รอยฟกช้ำ
  • cabin: the area where passengers sit in an aircraft - ห้องคนโดยสารในเครื่องบิน
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • chaos: a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess - การจราจล
  • citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 
  • consular: involving government officials who represent their country in a foreign city - เกี่ยวกับกงสุล
  • crash (verb): to collide, to hit something else with force - ชน
  • crew: the people who work on a ship, aircraft, etc. - ลูกเรือ
  • decline: to say politely that you will not accept something or do something - ปฏิเสธ
  • destination: the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง
  • embassy: a group of officials who represent their government in a foreign country - สถานทูต
  • fasten (verb): to fix or place something in a particular position, so that it will not move - มัด, รัด, คาด
  • footage: film or video of a particular subject or event - ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
  • fracture: a break or crack in something hard, especially a bone - การแตก (โดยเฉพาะกระดูก)
  • fracture (verb): to break or crack; to make something break or crack - ทำให้แตก, ทำให้หัก
  • hurled: thrown with great force - กระเด็นลงมา
  • impossible (adjective): something that cannot happen - เป็นไปไม่ได้
  • injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • life-threatening (adj): serious enough to possibly cause death - เป็นอันตรายต่อชีวิต
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • luggage (noun): baggage; all the cases and bags that you take with you when you travel - กระเป๋าเดินทาง
  • national: a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน
  • officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • operate: to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ
  • oxygen mask (noun): a device placed over the nose and mouth through which a person can breathe oxygen, for example in an aircraft or a hospital - หน้ากากครอบปากและจมูกสำหรับให้อ็อกซิเจน
  • passengers (noun): people who travel in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • practically: almost -
  • rack (noun): a piece of equipment, usually made of metal or wooden bars, that is used for holding things or for hanging things on - ชั้น
  • seatbelt: a safety belt used in a car or plane to hold you in your seat in case of an accident - เข็มขัดนิรภัย
  • severe: very serious and unpleasant - รุนแรง
  • severity: seriousness - ความรุนแรง
  • shaking (noun): the act of shaking (moving with short quick movements from side to side) something/somebody or the fact of being shaken - ความสะเทือน
  • smear (noun): an oily or dirty mark - รอยเปื้อน
  • state: government - รัฐบาล
  • statement: something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
  • suffer: to experience something very unpleasant or painful - ประสบ
  • surgery: medical treatment in which a doctor cuts open someone’s body - การทำศัลยกรรม
  • turbulence: strong sudden movements within air or water - การเคลื่อนไหวผิดปกติของบรรยากาศ
  • undergo (verb): (past "underwent") to experience something, especially something that is unpleasant but necessary - ผ่านประสบการณ
  • warn: to make someone conscious of a possible problem or danger - เตือน
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