Sydney-bound Air India flight encountered severe turbulence on Tuesday due to which several passengers were injured.

By: ABP News Bureau

Several passengers on board the Delhi-Sydney Air India flight were injured after the flight encountered severe turbulence on Tuesday. The injured passengers received medical assistance on arrival at Sydney airport in Australia, no passenger was hospitalised, reported ANI citing Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

“Air India B787-800 aircraft VT-ANY operating flight AI-302 (Delhi-Sydney) encountered severe turbulence. During flight seven passengers reported minor sprains,” DGCA told ANI. The Cabin crew administered emergency first aid to those injured on the flight. “Cabin crew provided the first aid with the assistance of a doctor and a nurse travelling as passengers, using the onboard first aid kit,” the regulator told ANI.

The report added that the turbulence was so severe that multiple injuries were reported by passengers at the Sydney airport, where the airport manager extended medical assistance.

“Air India Airport manager at Sydney arranged medical assistance on arrival and only three passengers availed of the medical assistance. No hospitalisation was required,” the DGCA told ANI.

So far, there has been no comment by Air India on the incident.

This comes a month after a scorpion bit a woman passenger onboard an Air India flight from Nagpur to Mumbai. Upon landing at the airport, the passenger was attended by a doctor, subsequently treated at a hospital, and discharged, the airline informed in a statement.

Air India stated that there was an “extremely rare and unfortunate incident involving a scorpion biting a passenger onboard our flight AI 630 on April 23, 2023”, as reported by news agency PTI

The airline said that it followed the required protocol and conducted a complete inspection of the aircraft and found the scorpion after which a due fumigation process was carried out.

“Following the incident, Air India asked the catering department to advise dry cleaners to check their facilities for any bed bugs infestation and if necessary, carry out fumigation of the facilities as there is a possibility of bugs finding their way into the aircraft through the supplies,” an Air India official said, as per PTI.