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Cabin crew hospitalised after Qantas flight hit by sudden turbulence

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

Two Qantas cabin crew members have been treated by paramedics and another hospitalised after a mid-flight turbulence scare.

Qantas flight 108 travelling from Beijing to Sydney on Monday encountered sudden turbulence during its journey, which saw three of the airline’s cabin crew injured.

Two crew members were treated by paramedics on arrival in Sydney for minor injuries, while another was transported to hospital as a precaution, a Qantas spokesperson told Travel Weekly.

The Airbus 330-200 was six hours into an 11-hour flight when it hit unexpected turbulence.

No passengers required treatment; however, one described awaking to fellow travellers being thrown into the air by turbulence.

“It was really scary actually, because we kind of jumped in the air, no-one had their seat belt on because the seat belt light wasn’t on,” one passenger said.

“A lady passenger beside me hit the underside of the overhead lockers and she actually broke a piece of the plastic off,” another passenger told 7News.

A Qantas spokesperson told Travel Weekly the possibility of unexpected turbulence “is why we always recommend passengers keep their seat belt firmly fastened at all times”.

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