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50 people injured by 'strong movement' on Boeing plane flying from Australia to New Zealand

Author: Editors Desk, Landon Mion, Fox News Source: Fox News:
March 11, 2024 at 06:31
At least 50 people were injured after what officials described as a "technical event" on a Boeing plane traveling from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
At least 50 people were injured after what officials described as a "technical event" on a Boeing plane traveling from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

LATAM Airlines said there was 'a technical event during the flight which caused a strong movement'

At least 50 people were injured Monday by a "strong movement" on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane traveling from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand, according to officials.

LATAM Airlines said in a statement that there was "a technical event during the flight which caused a strong movement."

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Ambulances leave Auckland International
At least 50 people were injured after what officials described as a "technical event" on a Boeing plane traveling from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

 

About 50 people were treated at the scene for mostly mild injuries while 13 of them were transported to a hospital, an ambulance spokesperson said via The Associated Press. One patient who was on the flight was reportedly in serious condition.

Passengers reported several people were not wearing seatbelts when the flight suddenly dropped.

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The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner landed at Auckland Airport, which is typical for its flight path, but was ultimately on its way to Santiago, Chile. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

 

The plane's final destination was Santiago, Chile, but was landing at Auckland Airport in accordance with its normal flight path, according to Reuters.

"LATAM regrets the inconvenience and injury this situation may have caused its passengers, and reiterates its commitment to safety as a priority within the framework of its operational standards," the airline said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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