Seven injured in rocky landing at Sydney Airport

By Emma Reynolds

A woman is treated on board the China Eastern flight following air turbulence as it approached Sydney Airport.
A woman is treated on board the China Eastern flight following air turbulence as it approached Sydney Airport.

Seven people have been hospitalised after China Eastern flight MU777 hit turbulence as it landed at Sydney Airport.

One patient suffered a laceration to the jaw, and others injuries to the head, back and wrist. Three are reportedly suffering from neck pain, a spokesman for NSW Ambulance told news.com.au.

The plane arrived from Kunming in southern Yunnan province shortly before 3pm. Photo / 123RF
The plane arrived from Kunming in southern Yunnan province shortly before 3pm. Photo / 123RF

Emergency services treated passengers and crew at the scene after the rocky landing just before 3pm (AEDT).

Three have been taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, two to Prince of Wales and two to St George Hospital. Their ages range from around 30 to 60 years old.

Concerned passengers at Sydney Airport after the frightening landing. Photo / Mark Evans, News Corp Australia
Concerned passengers at Sydney Airport after the frightening landing. Photo / Mark Evans, News Corp Australia

Images from inside the plane show staff touching a woman's face as she sits looking paralysed in her seat, her eyes tightly shut.

Another shows officials looking nervously around the aircraft, while one picture shows damage to the plane's interior.

Concerned passengers were seen talking inside the airport after they disembarked at Gate 32.

A spokeswoman for Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport told news.com.au the China Eastern flight was affected by turbulence on landing. The plane arrived from Kunming in southern Yunnan province shortly before 3pm.

The direct Kunming-Sydney route has only been running since October, according to Sydney Airport's website.

Shanghai-based carrier China Eastern said in a statement that five passengers and three cabin crew were injured on the Airbus A330, according to China Aviation.

- news.com.au

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