Passengers and crew injured after turbulence on Emirates A380 flight from Perth to Dubai.
More than a dozen passengers and crew have been injured after an Emirates flight from Perth to Dubai was rocked by severe turbulence, with one person saying it was so wild they struck the cabin ceiling.
Travellers on flight EK421 were reportedly violently shaken during the “brief” burst of chaotic conditions on Tuesday morning, which is understood to have left up to 14 people needing medical attention.
One passenger said they were thrown from their seat and shared a photo of the plane’s damaged cabin ceiling.
Me and @lunars_magic had the worst flight back from Perth to Dubai with @emirates. Geniunelly felt that was the end as we hit the ceiling to ground twice and smashed the ceiling in. Glad to be home. pic.twitter.com/g8zsi61cSk
— MattRPD (@MattRPD) December 5, 2023
The Airbus A380 was met by medical services on landing.
An Emirates spokesperson confirmed a “small number of crew members and passengers” sustained injuries as a result of the flight.
“We can confirm that flight EK421 from Perth to Dubai on 4 December briefly encountered unexpected turbulence mid-flight,” they said.
“The flight continued to Dubai and landed at 4.45am local time. While onboard, those injured were assessed and assisted by our crew and medically-trained volunteers, with additional medical support provided via satellite link.
It’s believed at least one passenger called out for ‘help’ later in the flight and was given oxygen.