12 people injured in turbulence on Qatar Airways flight

(CNN) — A Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dublin was hit by turbulence on Sunday, injuring 12 people.

The plane, which landed in Dublin just before 1pm local time, was met by emergency services including airport police and the fire and rescue department.

According to a statement from Dublin Airport, six passengers and six crew members were injured in the incident. Qatar Airways flight QR107 encountered turbulence while flying over Türkiye, the statement said.

Dublin Airport said it was assisting passengers and staff and that operations were not affected.

In a statement to CNN, Qatar Airways said the flight landed safely in Dublin, but “a small number of passengers and crew sustained minor injuries on board and are currently receiving medical treatment.”

“This matter is now subject to an internal investigation,” the statement continued. “The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority.”

Severe turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight injured 104 passengers and one person died of a heart condition.

Flight SQ321 from London to Singapore was flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet on Tuesday. Fell hard before rising Several hundred feet according to flight tracking data. Then it went down again and again for a minute.

Climate change may exacerbate volatility

About 65,000 flights experience moderate turbulence in the United States each year, and about 5,500 flights experience severe turbulence. However, these figures may be destined to grow.

Paul Williams, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Reading (United Kingdom), told CNN in 2022 that he believes climate change is altering turbulence.

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“We did some computer simulations and found that severe turbulence could double or even triple in the coming decades,” Williams said.

The results, later confirmed by observations, highlight a form of turbulence known as “clear air turbulence” that is not associated with any visual cues such as storms or clouds. Unlike normal turbulence, it occurs suddenly and is difficult to avoid.

Tuesday's Singapore Airlines flight was not affected by clear air turbulence, but by rapidly developing storms. It is not yet known what kind of turbulence the Qatar Airways flight encountered.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

— Jacopo Prisco contributed to this report.

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