Passengers and crew injured in turbulence on flight to Dublin


Emergency services are at Dublin Airport after 12 people were injured on a flight due to turbulence.

Six passengers and six crew members on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dublin were hurt after experiencing turbulence over Turkey.

Graeme McQueen, media relations manager at daa, the operator of Dublin Airport, told Sky News: “Qatar Airways flight QR017 from Doha landed safely as scheduled at Dublin Airport shortly before 1pm on Sunday.”

He said the aircraft was met by emergency services upon landing, including airport police and the fire and rescue department, “due to six passengers and six crew [12 total] on board reporting injuries after the aircraft experienced turbulence while airborne over Turkey”.

The scene at Dublin Airport

He continued to say: “The Dublin Airport team continues to provide full assistance on the ground to passengers and airline staff.”

Qatar Airways described the injuries sustained by passengers and crew as “minor”.

It said: “[They are now receiving medical attention… The safety and security of our passengers and crew are our top priority.”

An internal investigation regarding the incident has now been launched.

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Earlier this week, in a separate incident, a British man died on a Singapore Airlines flight after extreme turbulence on a Heathrow-Singapore journey.

Turbulence is defined as a sudden change in airflow and wind speed.

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It can often be associated with storm clouds, which are usually well forecast and monitored, allowing planes to fly around them, Sky News’ weather producer Jo Robinson said.

Clear-air turbulence (CAT) is much more dangerous as there are no visual signs, such as clouds.

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This invisible vertical air movement usually occurs at and above 15,000ft and is mostly linked to the jet stream.

It is unclear what type of turbulence the Qatar Airways flight went through.

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