EgyptAir Flight from New York to Cairo Rocked by Extreme Turbulence
Several passengers on board an EgyptAir flight earlier this week were injured earlier this week when the aircraft encountered severe air turbulence en route from New York to Cairo.
The Boeing 777, which departed John F. Kennedy International Airport for Cairo International Airport, had 268 passengers on board.
EgyptAir Flight 986 encountered turbulence several hours into the flight and the plane reportedly dropped 700 feet (213 meters). Reports on Facebook from passengers indicate that multiple passengers did not have their seatbelts on and were ejected from their seats when this occurred. Ten passengers were injured, as were two crewmembers.
The pilot decided to continue on to the original destination after the incident. In a statement issued by the airline, it said that there had been no reason for the aircraft to turn around once the turbulence had ended.
The flight was met by the chairman of EgyptAir, Captain Sameh El Hefny, as well as by Hossam Kamal, the country’s minister of civil aviation.
The airline said that injured passengers were met by paramedics upon arrival in Cairo and that 12 had received “superficial injuries” and were taken to hospital. A local newspaper report indicated, however, that one passenger suffered internal bleeding. Minister Kamal told reporters that he would open a full investigation into what happened on board the flight.
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