Wednesday’s Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, EY474, hit some severe clear air turbulence about 45 minutes before landing in Jakarta. The turbulence was so bad that it injured 31 people — 22 people were treated by paramedics on arrival, while nine people were taken to local hospitals, with several people having broken bones.
Here’s video footage of some of the turbulence (I assume this video was taken after the severe turbulence):
As you can see, not only did some oxygen masks drop, but the inside of the ceiling cracked in several places, which must have been terrifying.
Here are some Tweets with pictures which are believed to be from the flight:
— anjarmaladi (@anjarmaladi) May 4, 2016
— FlightMood (@flightmoods) May 4, 2016
I can’t even imagine how terrifying this must have been for the passengers aboard.
It’s a great reminder to always keep your seatbelt fastened while you’re seated, even if the seatbelt sign is off.
Here’s to hoping for a quick recovery for those who were injured on the flight.