SpiceJet Mumbai-Durgapur flight caught in turbulence

A SpiceJet flight operating from Mumbai to Durgapur in West Bengal saw severe turbulence on Sunday evening, resulting in injuries to at least 40 passengers. Of them, 12 received serious injuries, and are now in a stable condition.

The Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Kumar said, “Besides a member of the cabin crew, around 14 passengers were injured in the incident.

A few of them have head injuries and have received stitches. One passenger has also complained of a spinal injury.”

"On May 1, SpiceJet Boeing B737 aircraft operating flight SG-945 from Mumbai to Durgapur encountered severe turbulence during descent which unfortunately resulted in injuries to a few passengers," the SpiceJet spokesperson said.

The DGCA said they are deputing teams for regulatory investigation. Director (air safety) HN Mishra will probe the incident. Medical reports of those injured are awaited.

Sources in the Airports Authority said the aircraft had 188 passengers. “Some passengers suffered head injuries and were quickly shifted to a hospital. Doctors reported they are stable now and out of danger.”