7 passengers on Qantas A380 injured by turbulence

AP News
Posted: Jan 08, 2012 5:38 AM
7 passengers on Qantas A380 injured by turbulence

Seven passengers were treated for cuts and bruises after a Qantas Airways superjumbo hit severe turbulence en route from London to Singapore, the Australian airline said Sunday.

The injuries are the latest blot on the airline's record with the new Airbus A380. A Qantas A380 made an emergency landing in Singapore in 2010 after one of its engines disintegrated.

In the latest incident, flight QF32 carrying 450 passengers struck turbulence in Indian airspace on Saturday three hours before it arrived in Singapore, Qantas spokeswoman Sophia Connolly said.

"The seat belt sign had come on but some passengers were still moving back to their seats," she said.

She said seven passengers suffered minor cuts and bruises. Four were treated in a Singapore hospital and the others at a medical center. All have been discharged.

The aircraft was cleared to fly after being assessed by engineers. The flight continued to Sydney on Sunday, 24 hours behind schedule.