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A frame grab shows a passenger being escorted on a wheelchair, after being injured when his Emirates flight EK 530 hit a downdraft, at the airport in Kochi City, April 25, 2010.
A frame grab shows a passenger being escorted on a wheelchair, after being injured when his Emirates flight EK 530 hit a downdraft, at the airport in Kochi City, April 25, 2010.

Emirates jet hits downdraft, 20 people injured

At least 20 passengers on board an Emirates flight heading to Kerala were injured this morning when the plane reportedly dropped after hitting a downdraft.

DUBAI // At least 20 passengers on board an Emirates flight heading to the south Indian state of Kerala were injured this morning when the plane reportedly dropped after hitting a downdraft. Indian newspapers were reporting that the plane dropped 15,000 feet, but Emirates claimed in a statement that the drop was just 200 feet. The incident happened at about 7am just before the aircraft began its descent over the Goa-Kerala region, according to Indian media reports. "EK530 from Dubai to Kochi encountered a short period of heavy turbulence prior to descent into India. There were 350 passengers on board the flight, 20 of whom suffered minor injuries," said Majid al Mualla, Emirates' senior vice president, commercial operations West Asia and Indian Ocean in a statement. More details are expected to be released soon. Reports in Indian newspapers and newswire services said the plane had plummeted after entering a downdraft, but this has not been confirmed by Emirates. The injured passengers received treatment as soon as the plane landed, said Mr al Mualla. "The flight landed safely in Kochi and the captain requested medical support to meet the aircraft. All affected passengers were treated and have now been released," he said. pmenon@thenational.ae

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