Flight Hit With Severe Turbulence Leaves 11 People Injured

By Janita Kan
Janita Kan
Janita Kan
Janita Kan is a reporter based in New York covering the Justice Department, courts, and First Amendment.
November 25, 2017 Updated: November 25, 2017

A flight bound for Chicago from Taiwan was hit with massive turbulence, which left three passengers and eight crew members injured on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The EVA Airways flight BR56 departed Taoyuan International Airport at 8:18 p.m. on Wednesday local time and was hit by turbulence one hour into the flight while flying over Fukuoka, Japan, and at an altitude of 31,000 feet, according to a statement by the Aviation Safety Council on Nov. 24.

Photos posted on Apple Daily show the plane in a chaotic state with food and belongings thrown to the floor, and crew members struggling to stand up after experiencing the intense rocking.

The Boeing 777 was carrying 21 crew and 178 passengers, including four infants.

The plane landed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 6:38 p.m. on Nov. 22 local time, according to Flight Radar 24.

The 11 people who were injured on the 13-hour flight “suffered abrasions and contusion injuries,” the statement read. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

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An approximate flight route from Taiwan to Chicago. (Google Maps)

According to Eva Airways, the seatbelt sign was switched on during the incident. Off-duty doctors on the plane were asked to help tend to injured passengers and crew who were then taken to a hospital for further treatment after landing, reported Apple Daily.

The Taiwanese airline company also said each passenger received US$300 as compensation.

Similarly, in August this year, seven crew and three passengers were hospitalized after an American Airlines flight hit unexpected turbulence on a flight from Athens, Greece, to Philadelphia.

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Janita Kan
Janita Kan is a reporter based in New York covering the Justice Department, courts, and First Amendment.