SpiceJet Mumbai-Durgapur flight caught in storm, passengers injured

At least 40 passengers were injured after a SpiceJet flight was caught in a storm just before landing at Andal (Kaji Nazrul Islam) airport of West Bengal on Sunday.

According to SpiceJet sources, out of the 40 injured passengers, 12 sustained serious injuries and were taken to a nearby private hospital. The flight was coming from Mumbai to Durgapur.

A source in the airport authority said, “The aircraft had total 188 passengers. Some sustained head injuries and were quickly shifted to a hospital. Doctors have reported that they are stable and out of danger.” The source added a probe had been launched on how the flight was caught in the storm midair.

“When the plane fell into severe turbulence, passengers started shouting. Cabin baggage fell down on some of them, injuring them,” the source said.

SpiceJet in a release said the “Boeing B737 aircraft operating flight SG -945 from Mumbai to Durgapur encountered severe turbulence during descent which unfortunately resulted in injuries to a few passengers.”

“Immediate medical assistance was provided upon arrival in Durgapur. SpiceJet expresses its regret at this unfortunate incident and is providing all possible medical help to the injured,” the airline added.

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