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Wednesday 26 June 2024

Another scary plane incident leaves over a dozen injured

It has happened again.

Another commercial aircraft has plunged through the air, this time after a decompression incident.

This week's incident occurred when a Korean Air flight saw over a dozen passengers needing medical treatment after a fast descent.

The flight from Seoul to Taichung, Taiwan, suddenly experienced a decompression malfunction and the pilots were forced to take the plane down 25,000 feet within 15 minutes, Travel Mole reported.

Thirteen passengers required hospital treatment, reporting hyperventilation and eardrum pain.

Oxygen masks were deployed during the incident but the flight landed safely without further incident.

The scare happened on a Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has ordered an investigation.

Pilots said a cockpit pressurisation alert sounded about 50 minutes into the flight.

Last month, a 73-year-old British man died after a flight from London to Singapore hit turbulence, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Bangkok, Thailand.

It was reported that some people were propelled into the ceiling and knocked their heads on the baggage cabins overhead. Singapore Airlines said 18 people were hospitalised, including a crew member.

The same month, 12 people were injured, including eight taken to hospital, after Qatar Airways plane hits turbulence on Doha-Dublin flight. 

Travel insurers, predictably, are using the rise in turbulence incidents to spruik their products. 

“Should turbulence impact your travel plans or cause injury, having travel insurance means there’s one less thing to think about, while you navigate a highly stressful situation,” said Southern Cross Travel Insurance Chief Executive, Jo McCauley.

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