Paris airport: 24 injured on Vietnam Airlines flight

A Vietnam Airlines flight to Paris lurched violently in flight causing 24 of those on board to suffer injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones, French authorities said.

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2010, 19:31 PM IST

Paris: A Vietnam Airlines flight to Paris
lurched violently in flight today, causing 24 of those on
board to suffer injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones,
French authorities said.

"It might have been some kind of air pocket," a
Paris airport official said, while authorities said the exact
nature of the turbulence and the cause of the injuries had yet
to be determined.

"It could have been turbulence," another airport
employee said, speaking on condition of anonymity while
investigations were ongoing.

Eight of those on board were taken to the Robert
Ballanger hospital in the northern suburbs of Paris, while
others were treated by fire crews before being brought to the
airport`s clinic to be examined.

Of those hurt, 22 were passengers and two were crew
members.

Vietnam Airlines was not immediately available for
comment.

PTI