22 injured after SIA flight to Mumbai hit by major turbulence

SINGAPORE - Eight passengers and 14 crew members were left injured after a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight from Singapore to Mumbai was hit by major turbulence, The Straits Times reported.

"Singapore Airlines flight SQ424 from Singapore to Mumbai experienced sudden turbulence during descent on 18 October. There were 408 passengers and 25 crew on board. Eight passengers and 14 crew sustained injuries and were attended to by medical personnel on arrival at Mumbai Airport," the airline said in an official statement to the media.

"Our immediate concern is for the well-being of our passengers and crew. Singapore Airlines will provide full assistance to the authorities in their investigations," the airline added.

The Straits Times reported that it remains unknown how serious the injuries are. 

According to Bangalore Aviation, 10 out of the 14 crew injured required hospitalisation. They have since been cleared and discharged by medical personnel. All eight injured passengers were hospitalised and six have been discharged after examination, Bangalore Aviation quoted SIA as saying in an Oct 19 report.

According to the writer of the Bangalore Aviation article Devesh Agarwal, one of the crew hit his or her nose, resulting in blood stains in the cabin.

Mumbai news portal mid-day.com reported that injuries to the passengers and crew resulted after the aircraft touched the runway twice.

The incident reportedly occurred at 10.15pm. The flight was scheduled to land at 9.55pm, mid-day.com noted.