Panic and chaos broke out on board a packed passenger plane after it was hit by severe turbulence.
Terrified cabin crew were caught on camera screaming after they were thrown to the floor as the AirAsia flight shook violently.
The shocking footage shows one air steward asking ‘is he dead?’ while a number of his colleagues lie sprawled across the floor amongst the debris.
One of the cabin crew is heard screaming as she lies amongst food trays while another stewardess yells: “Don’t move.”
The AirAsia flight D7377 plane was hit by severe turbulence on its way from Taipei in Taiwan to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on Thursday.
Footage of the terrifying incident was shared on Whatsapp and has gone viral on social media across Asia.
Five people were injured in the mid-air drama on board the jet, which was carrying 291 passengers and 11 crew.
A statement from the airline said: “The aircraft landed safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 at 4.30pm.
“Five injured passengers were treated by paramedics at the airport upon landing.
“All other passengers were attended to by ground staff and provided necessary assistance.”
The AirAsia incident followed similar scenes on board a flight to Bangkok after major turbulence left 25 passengers – including three babies – seriously injured.
Some reportedly suffered broken bones as people were ‘thrown all over the cabin’ on board the Aeroflot plane travelling from Moscow.
A video shows passengers lying injured in the aisle after they were ‘hurled up to the ceiling’.
Some were said to suffer internal and external bleeding in the disaster, while others “lost consciousness”.
The babies were thrown out of their mothers’ arms by the force of the severe turbulence one hour before landing in Bangkok, said a source.
People walking in the aisle and without seat belts on were injured.
Luggage as well as food and drink from the trolleys was strewn all over the cabin.
Evgenia Zibrova posted a shocking video with the comment: “Numerous air pockets one hour before landing led to broken bones, internal and external bleeding.
“Lots of people from the tail cabin have broken their noses, several people have probably broken their spines.
“Babies are covered in bruises, people lost consciousness.
“Thanks that we are still alive. Aeroflot, please help these people.”
Vladimir Sosnov, deputy head of Russian Consulate in Thailand, said: “The injured suffered multiple fractures.
“There are both Russian and foreign citizens among them.”
He said: “Apparently, those who were injured did not have their seat belts fastened.”
The plane – a Boeing 777 and packed with tourists – hit several successive areas of turbulence en route to Bangkok.
The flight crew kept control of the aircraft and the injured passengers were rushed to hospital on arrival in the Thai capital.
A source said 19 people were hospitalised in Bangkok, with two undergoing urgent surgery.
Others were treated with first aid after the incident on board flight SU 270.
A source told Interfax: “A Boeing 777 plane suddenly got into the zone of strong turbulence before starting to descend.
“As a result, the plane was jolted by hundreds of metres, and some passengers were thrown into the space between the chairs suffering traumas.”
The Russian embassy is providing assistance to the injured passengers.
A spokesperson for Aeroflot said: “Earlier today, May 1, several passengers received injuries when a Boeing 777 airplane on flight SU 270 from Moscow to Bangkok passed through a zone of sudden strong short-term turbulence about 40 minutes before arrival in Bangkok.
“An experienced crew piloted the flight. The pilot has more than 23 thousand flight hours, and the co-pilot has over 10.5 thousand flight hours.
“However, the turbulence that hit the Boeing 777 was impossible to foresee. The incident was caused by what is known in aviation as “clear-air turbulence”.
“Such turbulence occurs without any clouds, in clear skies with good visibility, and weather radar is unable to alert of its approach.
“In such situations, the crew is unable to warn passengers of the need to return to their seats.
“There are around 750 cases of clear-air turbulence recorded in civil aviation every year.”
Aeroflot said the crew successfully landed at Bangkok airport at 03.38 Moscow time.
There were 313 passengers on board, 25 of whom were admitted to Bangkok hospitals for treatment.
Eleven have already been discharged, and the rest are still receiving medical care.
The spokesperson added: “Media reports suggesting that some passengers received spinal compression fractures are inaccurate and have been completely refuted by medical professionals who are treating the passengers.
“Aeroflot representatives and staff at the Russian Federation Embassy in Bangkok are in touch with those who have suffered injuries, and are providing assistance.
“Aeroflot will cover all expenses related to passengers’ medical treatment.”
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