Qatar Airways starts probe after Doha-Dublin flight hits turbulence

An investigation has started after eight people were hospitalised after a Qatar Airways aircraft hit turbulence over Turkey on a flight from Doha to Dublin.

Dublin airport said all passengers were assessed for injury before getting off the aircraft and eight were taken to hospital.

A statement said: “Qatar Airways flight QR017 from Doha landed safely as scheduled at Dublin airport shortly before 13.00 on Sunday. 

“Upon landing, the aircraft was met by emergency services, including airport police and our fire and rescue department, due to six passengers and six crew on board reporting injuries after the aircraft experience turbulence while airborne over Turkey.

“All passengers were assessed for injury prior to disembarking the aircraft. Eight passengers were subsequently taken to hospital.” 

Qatar Airways confirmed that the Boeing 787-9 landed safely in Dublin.

“A small number of passengers and crew sustained minor injuries and are receiving medial attention,” the airline added.

“The matter is now subject to an internal investigation. The safety of our passengers and crew are our top priority.”

The return flight was scheduled to operate as normal but with a delayed departure.   

The incident came just days after a 73-year-old British passenger died from a suspected heart attack and dozens were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight from Heathrow suffered from severe turbulence and was forced to divert to Bangkok.

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