Scores injured when Boeing suddenly shakes, people ‘sling around’

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At least 13 people were hospitalized after a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of LATAM Airlines encountered a technical problem during a flight and suddenly fell some distance in the air. The plane was en route from Sydney to Auckland when the incident occurred.

The plane reportedly shook so violently that some passengers were thrown around, according to the news paper The Guardian.

Ambulance services treated a total of 50 passengers at the scene.

The emergency service Hato Hone St John Ambulance says this organization was called to Auckland International Airport at 15:58 (international time). Five ambulances, support vehicles and several senior staff were deployed to assist injured passengers.

Emergency workers examined and treated approximately 50 patients. One person was seriously injured while the rest suffered moderate to minor injuries. Thirteen patients were transported in ambulances to Middlemore Hospital.

“Everyone on the plane was screaming. The nose of the plane started to dive and I thought, ‘okay, that’s the end’,” passenger Brian Jokat told New Zealand news outlet Stuff

Another passenger told Radio New Zealand that the plane suddenly just started falling in the air.

“People were quite hurt. Many of the passengers were not wearing seat belts at that stage,” he said.

“People were also really scared.”

A spokesperson for the South American airline told the New Zealand Herald said the flight from Sydney to Auckland experienced a “technical problem” which caused “heavy movement”.

The flight made a scheduled stop in New Zealand en route to Santiago, Chile.

“The plane landed at Auckland Airport as scheduled. The incident affected some passengers and cabin crew. They received immediate assistance and were examined or treated as necessary by medical staff at the airport,” said LATAM’s spokesperson.

“LATAM regrets the inconvenience and injuries this situation may have caused to its passengers, and reiterates its commitment to safety as a priority within the framework of its operating standards.”