Turbulence hits China Eastern flight, passengers suffer fractures, injuries

Chinese passenger plane diverts due to huge hole in engine

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At least 26 people were reportedly injured, four of them seriously, when a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris hit turbulence over southwest China.

The plane landed around 9 am (0100 GMT) today, an hour later than scheduled, according to Xinhua.

Another passenger said there was strong turbulence twice and minor turbulence three times during the 10 minute ordeal.

"Clear-air turbulence changes significantly within the transatlantic flight corridor when the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is doubled", the researchers said.

A China Eastern Airlines plane carrying passengers from Paris to Kunming experienced a rough approach into the Spring City over the weekend.

At least 26 people were injured after severe turbulence struck an global flight from France to China over the weekend. Medical services were provided to the passengers, it added.

A number of people were taken to hospital from treatment. People on board who were not wearing seat belts were thrown from their seats, while other were struck by baggage jarred loose from overhead compartments.

A China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330 aircraft sits on the tarmac at Sydney International Airport in Australia on June 12, after it made an emergency landing with a damaged port engine.

No passengers or crew were injured.

A huge hole in a part of the left engine of an Eastern Chinese airplane.

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