Etihad Airways flight EY474 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta
A total of 31 passengers and crew were injured. Twenty two 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.
As a result, flight EY475 from Jakarta to Abu Dhabi on 4 May 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.
Passengers can contact Etihad Airways’ global contact centre on +971 (0) 2 599 0000 or can visit www.etihad.com for more information.
Thirty-one passengers and crew were injured, nine of them seriously, after an Etihad Airways flight experienced “severe and unexpected turbulence” on its journey to Indonesia.
The Airbus A330-200, flying from the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, encountered the sudden turbulence 45 minutes prior to its arrival at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta international airport on Wednesday,
“A total of 31 passengers and crew were injured. Twenty two passengers discharged from the airport medical service clinic following minor injuries treatment by paramedics.
“Nine other passengers and a crew member were taken to a local hospital,” the Etihad statement said.
A spokesman for the airport, Haerul Anwar described nine of those injured as being serious. He confirmed officials from the airport and Indonesia’s national transportation safety committee were already inspecting the Airbus A330-200..
Hemi Pamuraharjo Indonesian transportation ministry spokesman said at least eight Indonesian passengers and a foreign flight attendant were among the injured, with several suffering broken bones.
Following the mid flight incidents Flight EY474 landed safely at Soekarno Hatta, the Abu Dhabi-based airline said, additional medical assistance teams met all the passengers as they disembarked.
Passengers onboard who spoke to Jakarta-based news website Okezone said oxygen masks tumbled out in the turbulence and passengers, including Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia, were hurt.
Cabin storage areas and overhead bins were also damaged, the airline said.
The return flight to Abu Dhabi was cancelled, with Etihad saying it would provide support to passengers to rebook for different flights or find accommodation in Jakarta.
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