SpiceJet plane caught in storm while landing, 40 injured as bags rain down on flyers

At least 40 passengers have been injured after cabin baggage fell on leaflets as a SpiceJet plane got caught in a storm. Most of the passengers suffered head injuries.

At least 10 were seriously injured. (Photo: India Today)

At least 40 passengers have been injured after cabin baggage fell on mid-flight flyers as a plane got stuck in a storm. The SpiceJet plane was attempting to land at Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Durgapur, West Bengal.

Of 40, at least 10 suffered serious injuries. The others were released after being treated for minor injuries. Hospital authorities said the condition of ten passengers is critical but they are out of danger.

An investigation is underway to determine how the plane was caught in the storm. The aircraft encountered significant in-flight turbulence following extreme weather conditions.

The flight was about to land at Andal airport when the flight started to hobble and cabin baggage fell on the passengers as the flight was experiencing tremendous turbulence.

Speaking to India Today, one of the passengers said: “There were three jolts on landing. It was exactly what you feel when cars hit the bumpers. We had the seat belts. The belts tore on impact. We jumped out of our seats.”

Dr Tapan Kumar Ray from Andal Hospital said a passenger was seriously injured and had to be referred to a spine surgeon. According to him, the luggage rack crashed and injured several people, including the cabin crew.

In an official statement, SpiceJet confirmed the incident and said its Boeing B737 operating flight SG-945 from Mumbai to Durgapur encountered severe turbulence during the descent which injured some passengers.

“Immediate medical assistance was provided upon arrival at Durgapur. SpiceJet expresses its regret at this unfortunate incident and is providing all possible medical assistance to the injured,” SpiceJet said.

He further said, “It was not an emergency landing as the plane was to land at Andal airport. The problem arose due to air turbulence by a called northwesterly locally Kalbaishakhi, a storm.”

Reacting to the incident, newly elected TMC MP Babul Supriyo said, “Extremely upset to hear this. Relieved that there were no fatalities and that seriously injured passengers were taken to hospital.

(With contributions from Anil Giri)

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