PARIS — A Vietnam Airlines flight from Hanoi to Paris hit severe turbulence on Wednesday, causing it to lurch violently and injure 21 of those on board, according to French authorities and the airline.
"The flight hit turbulence around two-and-a-half hours after take-off. There were light injuries but nothing serious. Nothing happened as regards the plane," a Vietnam Airlines spokesman said.
In Hanoi, the airline issued a statement saying that the injured passengers had not been wearing seatbelts and had been given first aid by air crew.
"They transferred some passengers to the business class cabin to give them more help," it said.
Nine of those on board the Boeing 777 were taken to hospital in the northern suburbs of Paris, while others were treated by fire crews before being brought to the airport's clinic to be examined.
"According to initial information these passengers and air hostesses were not seriously hurt and five of the nine people have left the hospital," the airline said.
Of those hurt, 18 were passengers and three were crew members. There were a total of 222 passengers and 15 crew on board.
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