Eight rushed to hospital after severe turbulence on Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dublin

Eight passengers have been rushed to hospital after a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dublin encountered turbulence. Initially, airport bosses said six passengers and six crew members had sustained injuries during the incident while the plane was over Turkey.

The airport confirmed in a statement that the flight landed safely as scheduled just before 1pm on Sunday. Emergency services were spotted surrounding the aircraft upon its arrival in the Irish capital.

In an updated statement at 3pm, Dublin Airport revealed that all passengers were assessed for injuries before leaving the plane, with eight being taken to hospital.

The statement read: "Qatar Airways flight QR017 from Doha landed safely as scheduled at Dublin Airport shortly before 1300 on Sunday.

"Upon landing, the aircraft was met by emergency services, including airport police and our 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.

"All passengers were assessed for injury prior to disembarking the aircraft. Eight passengers were subsequently taken to hospital.

"The return flight to Doha (flight QR018) is scheduled to operate as normal this afternoon, albeit with a delay. Flight operations at Dublin Airport were unaffected and continue as normal this afternoon."

A passenger on the flight, Paul Mocc, told Irish broadcaster RTE that he saw people "hitting the roof" and food and drink being flung across the cabin. Crew members sporting bandages still managed to continue the in-flight service commendably, he added.

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