SIX persons were hurt after a Manila bound Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Los Angeles was hit early Tuesday morning by a freak air turbulence as the plane was approaching the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Reports said PAL Flight PR1103 informed the Manila Control Tower through a radio message that the plane was hit by air turbulence at around 6:21 a.m. and that some passengers were hurt and in need of medical assistance.
Those hurt were identified as Roel Orocay, 43; Ellis Mungin Anika Kemba, 42; , Joan Ratunil, 29; Raquel Cruz, 25; Marc Castro, 34; and Katrina Angeles, 26. Except for Ratunil who reportedly sustained spinal cord injuries, the rest of the victims sustained minor injuries in the hands and body.
The Manila International Airport Authority, in a statement said, its medical team immediately assisted the injured passengers and crew. It also added that one of the injured (Ratunil) was put in a neck brace.
The MIAA also reported that the plane landed safely some 20 minutes after the incident.
According to an online resource website, clear air turbulence is caused when a mass of air, moving at a particular speed meets another mass of air that’s moving at a different speed.
In September last year, at least 40 passengers of Qatar Airways Flight QR932 were injured after the plane was hit by turbulence while approaching NAIA. Three minors and two flight attendants were among the 40 people injured.