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30 passengers severely injured due to strong turbulence

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On a flight from Madrid to Montevideo operated by Air Europa, chaos ensued when the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner encountered severe turbulence, prompting an emergency landing in Natal, Brazil. The incident left thirty passengers injured, as reported by Spanish airline Air Europa on Monday.

Passenger accounts vividly described the harrowing experience: Evangelina Saravia recounted a sudden drop of 400 meters at high speed, causing unrestrained passengers to hit the ceiling and resulting in injuries. Daniel Montañez and his wife, who were awake with seatbelts fastened, witnessed fellow passengers being thrown around the cabin amid screams and chaos.

Stevan, another passenger, described fractures and injuries to limbs and faces, painting a scene of fear and confusion among those onboard. Despite the traumatic experience, a swift response from Air Europa saw medical treatment provided to the injured at Natal International Airport, with plans to transport them to Montevideo on a subsequent flight.

This incident occurred amidst ongoing scrutiny of Boeing, with recent whistleblowers raising safety concerns about the manufacturing processes of the 787 Dreamliner. Allegations of unsafe practices have cast a shadow over Boeing, prompting investigations by the FAA and potential legal action by the US Department of Justice.

Air Europa expressed regret over the incident, emphasizing their commitment to passenger safety and support for those affected. The airline’s prompt action in arranging alternate travel for stranded passengers underscores their dedication to mitigating disruptions caused by unforeseen events.

As investigations into both the turbulence incident and Boeing’s manufacturing practices continue, this episode serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of air travel and the paramount importance of rigorous safety standards in aviation.

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