Disturbances: Twelve injured on board the Doha-Dublin flight

Comment on the photo, Emergency services received the plane at Dublin Airport on Sunday

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12 people were injured due to turbulence on a flight from Doha to Dublin.

Dublin Airport operator DAA said the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner encountered turbulence while flying over Türkiye.

Upon landing shortly before 1:00 pm local time, Qatar Airways flight QR017 was met by emergency services including airport police, ambulances and fire officers.

Six passengers and six crew members reported injuries, eight of whom were taken to hospital.

The Irish National Ambulance Service said it had been alerted in advance to attend the airport and was “on site facilitating and supporting the disembarkation of passengers”.

A DAA spokesperson said: “The Dublin Airport team continues to provide full assistance on the ground to passengers and airline staff.”

“Panic on everyone’s faces”

Comment on the photo, Emma Rose Power and Connor Buckley watched as a flight attendant was lifted into the air

Passengers described the incident as frightening.

They said the plane appeared to be out of the air for about 20 seconds during the food and beverage service.

One passenger, Cathal, who was returning to Ireland from Doha, told Irish radio RTÉ that his seatbelt signs were off during the crash and that his dinner had come off his lap.

“Just food all over the plane, on the ceiling, everywhere,” he said.

“I was wearing a seat belt at the time, but they were serving food at the time, which resulted in many crew members being injured.”

Mr Mok added that he saw crew members limping after the accident, some wearing bandages, but said they continued to serve passengers.

He also described seeing a passenger on oxygen with suspected back injuries who was placed lying down on a number of seats.

Emma Rose Power and Connor Buckley were returning to Dublin from Thailand when they were involved in the accident.

Mr Buckley said he felt the plane descend and the flight attendant rise “in the air”.

Ms Power said she was asleep when the plane hit turbulence, but described seeing “a look of panic on everyone’s faces” when she woke up.

She added that the flight attendants suffered scratches on their faces and that one of them’s arms were tied in a sling afterwards.

“Worst flying experience”

Comment on the photo, Passenger Tony and his partner Eileen spoke of their relief at Dublin Airport

Another passenger, Elaine, said it was the “worst experience” she had ever had on a plane.

Her partner Tony said he had to squeeze her because she was not wearing a seatbelt and was asleep when the plane hit turbulence.

“I’m in no hurry to get back on the plane, I can tell you that,” Elaine said.

She added: “The matter is now subject to an internal investigation.”

Comment on the photo, The plane landed at Dublin Airport on Sunday afternoon

The DAA said overall operations at Dublin Airport were not affected. She added that the return flight to Doha was scheduled to operate as usual on Sunday afternoon, “but with a delay.”

More than 100 people were injured, 20 of whom are in intensive care due to spinal injuries.

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong apologized, offering his “deepest apologies to all those affected” by the “sudden severe disruptions”.

The Singapore government promised a comprehensive investigation.

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