Malaysia Airlines Passengers Injured By Turbulence On Flight From London Heathrow To Kuala Lumpur

Passengers reportedly 'floated in the air for 10 seconds'.

A number of passengers and crew members were left with injuries on a Malaysia Airlines flight from London to Kuala Lumpur after it hit “severe turbulence” on Sunday.

Flight MH1 was hit by a "brief moment of severe turbulence" as it flew over the Bay of Bengal, the Associated Press reported.

The airline said in a statement that the flight landed safely in Kuala Lumpur, and that a small number of affected passengers and crew were given immediate treatment.

According to Malaysian paper The Star, around 34 people were injured from the turbulence.

A passenger, Harith Azman, posted photos on Facebook showing fallen food carts and a damaged hand rest, as well as the plane’s aisle littered with rubbish.

He said his father was in one of the plane's bathrooms at the time and hit his head on the ceiling.

Amman told the Evening Standard: "It was very scary and chaotic at that time as it was a very sudden move.

"There were also [children] in the plane who were sleeping and most of them woke up with terror and cried.

"I passed out as soon as the plane regained control.”

He added that passengers "floated in the air for about 10 seconds" and that he sprained his ankle when he landed wrongly in his seat.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement on its Facebook page: "Malaysia Airlines flight MH1 from London-Heathrow landed on time in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday June 5.

"During the flight over the Bay of Bengal the passenger seatbelt light was switched on due to air turbulence.

"Due to a brief moment of severe turbulence some passengers suffered minor injuries.

"Medical crew and Malaysia Airlines senior management met the aircraft on arrival in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

"A small number of affected passengers and crew have been treated by medical officers.

"Malaysia Airlines has assisted the 378 passengers and crew onboard MH1 and sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by this weather event which was entirely beyond our control."

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