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Over a dozen passengers were left injured from a flight between Miami and Buenos Aires after the aircraft encountered severe turbulence.
Shocking photos have emerged on social media showing the aftermath of the disturbance, which unfolded during the nine-hour Aerolineas Argentinas flight that set off from Miami International Airport on Thursday morning.
The rough flight left the interior of the aircraft in tatters, with drinks and food splattered all over the wall and luggage and personal items strewn across the aisles.
According to The Sun, which dubbed the incident 'the flight from hell', broken curtain rods hung from the ceiling, while an overhead panel became partially detached.
A total of 15 out of 192 passengers were injured, with eight from that group taken to a hospital for further treatment upon landing on Thursday night.
Fuerte turbulencia en vuelo de Aerolíneas Argentinas desde Miami a Buenos Aires deja 15 heridos y daños a la cabina de la aeronave. Se trató de un Airbus A330 volando a 39 mil pies. pic.twitter.com/qkFkIKhr79- Conrado Aviación :airplane: (@Conradoaviacion) October 19, 2018
In a statement posted on its official website, Aerolineas Argentinas wrote: "The incident occurred in the flight phase called 'cruise' and was immediately reported by the commander in charge of the aircraft.
"The company arranged its medical equipment at the arrival of the flight to assist those passengers who suffered blows or bruises due to the sudden movements that these type of atmospheric conditions cause.
"Once the turbulence zone was crossed, the crew in charge of the flight dedicated to assist the injured passengers and to relieve the general condition of the 192 passengers.
"Upon arrival, the medical assistance teams carried out the corresponding health care and applied the necessary care to each of the affected persons.
"In the same way, those responsible for human factors of Aerolineas Argentinas were present to provide containment and meet the particular needs of passengers."
So what do you reckon? Are the pictures enough to put you off flying for life? Well, before you go adding planes to your NOPE list, rest assured that turbulence is a regular occurrence and in no way compromises the safety of the aircraft.
The airline went on to state: "Turbulence occurs when two air masses of different temperatures or different velocities collide.
"These can produce sudden movements in the aircraft according to their intensity, although they do not in any way jeopardise the safety of the aircraft."
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