Seven Qantas passengers flying from London to Sydney were injured today when the A380 superjet hit strong turbulence over the Indian Ocean.
Four of them, who received cuts and bruises, were taken to a hospital in Singapore for treatment, while the other three were treated at the medical center at Changi Airport.
According to Qantas, the turbulence was the result of strong thunderstorms over the Indian Ocean, in Indian airspace, three hours before the jet landed in Singapore for refueling.
A Qantas spokesman said the seat belt sign lit up as soon as the plane was hit by the turbulence, but some passengers were still standing or returning to their seats.
“Striking bad weather is not uncommon,” The Qantas spokeswoman said.
“The plane veered around most of it, but the impact was the initial part of the storm.”
She described the injuries as minor cuts and bruises.
The engineers carried out a thorough inspection of the plane, named after the Australian aviation pioneer Charles Kingsford Smith, and stated that no damage had been done and it was fit to return to the sky.
The Qantas plane was scheduled to arrive in Sydney late Sunday.
Qantas has received 12 of the A380 “two-story” supersets he ordered.
Just last week, the airline assured passengers that there was no safety risk after cracks were found in the wings of several A380 aircraft owned by a number of airlines around the world.
Qantas said minimal cracks were found in the wing ribs of one of its A380s, but no immediate action was required as they did not pose a safety risk.