Pictured: Aftermath of plane’s encounter with turbulence so severe that a seat was left covered in BLOOD and six people needed hospital treatment2,891 views
A plane was hit by turbulence so severe that six people were left needing hospital treatment – and pictures show that the encounter made a mess of the cabin.
One seat is stained red with blood from an injured passenger who suffered a ‘nasty gash’, while the aisle is cluttered with cushions, food and rubbish.
Five cabin crew members were also injured when the Thai Airways flight from Jakarta to Bangkok was caught in turbulence above Singapore on Monday.
The Boeing 777 had 72 passengers and 12 crew members on board.
Thai news site Khaosod reports that the passenger was injured as he was was not wearing his seatbelt, and was ‘flown into the air and hit his head’.
The seat he was sitting in was covered in blood stains from his injury. A photo of it was taken by a member of the cabin crew, Kru P’Birth, and uploaded to his Facebook page.
One of the passengers on the flight, SarahJayne Edwards, 39, who was travelling with her daughter, AsiaLilly, told MailOnline Travel that she had seen the chilling sight herself.
She said: ‘Yes, it was blood [on the seat]. The man looked like an Indian guy and he had a nasty gash to his head. There were several calls for a doctor to make themselves known to the crew if there was one.
‘I’m a British national living and working between Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia (Jakarta) so I travel this route several times a month. There was no warning or bad weather so the seat belt signs were not on.’
She was so scared on the flight that she wrote down what was unfolding for her husband, Alan – ‘in case something else happened’.
The note said: ‘We have just landed. That was THE most scariest flight of my life! Two hours in and we had awful turbulence and no notice. We went up and down several times, everything went flying to the roof. Ppl cut their heads, it was sooooo frightening!
‘I grabbed AsiaLilly and cuddled her and told her we had hit a raincloud so it was going to feel like a rollercoaster. Broke my heart when she said “mummy I’m scared!”‘
Thai Airways released a statement on their Facebook page on Monday confirming the injuries, and that the six people were sent to hospital.
Thai Airways President Charamporn Jotikasthira said: ‘The company apologizes to passengers who were involved in the incident.
‘The company has paid the cost of medical treatment for passengers and staff injured.
‘All those who were hurt on the aircraft have returned home from hospital.’
Speaking to MailOnline previously about what happens to the aircraft during an episode of turbulence, Patrick Smith, an active airline pilot and author said: ‘During turbulence, the pilots are not fighting the controls.
‘Planes are designed with what we call positive stability, meaning that when nudged from their original point in space, by their nature they wish to return there.
‘The best way of handling rough air is to effectively ride it out, hands-off. (Some autopilots have a turbulence mode that desensitizes the system, to avoid over-controlling.)
‘It can be uncomfortable, but the jet is not going to flip upside down.’
‘For what it’s worth, thinking back over the whole history of modern commercial aviation, I cannot recall a single jetliner crash caused by turbulence, strictly speaking.
‘Airplanes are engineered to withstand an extreme amount of stress, and the amount of turbulence required to, for instance, tear off a wing, is far beyond anything you’ll ever experience.’
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