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Horrific scenes after severe turbulence injures plane passengers

Shocking images show food splattered all over the plane and stunned travellers.

Multiple passengers have been injured after a plane travelling to Portugal was rocked by intense turbulence, leaving those on board fearing for their lives.

The Hi Fly plane, operated by Angolan airline TAAG, was crossing over the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday when it encountered “severe weather conditions”, newspaper Novo Journal reports.

Passengers said it was at that moment panic set in, with one man telling the publication he thought it was going to be his “last trip”. Shocking photos show plates of food and drinks splattered across the plane’s aisle, backs of chairs and ceiling, which was cracked during the incident, the publication said.

Food, plates and wrappers all over the plane's aisle and chairs.
The Hi Fly plane was crossing over the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday when it encountered 'severe weather conditions'. Source: Platina Line

In one image, a flight attendant appears to be running past some passengers who are still seated. Another shows a bus and several ambulances parked outside the plane after it landed in Lisbon, waiting for the 10 injured people on board.

Eight passengers and two crew members required first aid, with one staffer reportedly breaking their leg.

One traveller told the newspaper he has been on “more than 200 flights” in his life, but none of them had left him so scared. The Airbus A330 reportedly started shaking not long after taking off from Luanda’s international airport.

In a statement, TAAG said “adverse weather conditions” were to blame for the incident and that the heavy rain had forced them to reschedule another flight headed for Portugal the same day.

Food trays on the plane floor and a bus and ambulances waiting for passengers on the tarmac.
Eight passengers and two crew members required first aid, with one staffer reportedly breaking their leg. Source: Platina Line

Passengers 'crash into plane's ceiling' during turbulence

In December, almost a dozen terrified passengers were seriously injured after severe turbulence rocked a flight to Hawaii. The 278 passengers and 10 crew members heading from Phoenix to Honolulu were just 30 minutes from their destination when the plane started to vibrate.

Kaylee Reyes told Hawaii News Now her mum had just sat down when the turbulence hit and did not have a chance to buckle her safety belt. “She flew up and hit the ceiling,” she said.

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