Flight turbulence injures 12 people on Doha to Dublin Qatar Airways plane

Fire and rescue vehicles drive on Dublin Airports north runway
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Six passengers and six crew members have been injured during turbulence on a flight from Doha to Ireland, a spokesperson for Dublin Airport has confirmed. In a statement, Dublin Airport said the Qatar Airways flight landed safely as scheduled, shortly before 1pm, on Sunday (May 26).

The airport added: "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. The Dublin Airport team continues to provide full assistance on the ground to passengers and airline staff."

The incident comes a week after a British man died and scores were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight from London hit severe turbulence. Flight SQ321 from Heathrow to Singapore hit severe turbulence on May 20 and was diverted to Bangkok airport.

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The victim was named as Geoffrey Ralph Kitchen, 73, from Thornbury, Gloucestershire, who died from a heart attack. Several other people were injured, some of them critically.

What causes turbulence?

Turbulence typically happens when planes are travelling through clouds, caused by up-and-downdrafts of wind. Usually mild, it can be made worse by thunderstorms. 'Clear air' turbulence can also happen when a plane is not in a cloud, usually caused by the jet stream, which is effectively a fast flowing 'river' of air, usually found at around 50,000 feet.

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