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Passengers seriously injured as SAA flight hits severe turbulence

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Twenty-five people were injured when a passenger jet from South Africa to Hong Kong hit turbulence on Wednesday, police said, with two men seriously hurt and hospitalized in the southern Chinese city.

South African Airways spokesperson Tlali Tlali confirmed in a statement that flight SA286, en route from Johannesburg to Hong Kong on 15 July at 17:11 (SA time) experienced severe turbulence injuring some passengers and crew.

"Flight SA286 landed safely in Hong Kong on Wednesday at approximately 06:30 SA time (12:30 Hong Kong time). The crew of the flight immediately requested medical assistance for the passengers, which was arranged and ready on arrival of the aircraft in Hong Kong.

"A total number of 165 passengers was on board, of whom 25 passengers are known to have sustained injuries and 3 crew members. The incident occurred whilst flying over the Kuala Lumpur airspace."

SAA will be providing an update as and when more information becomes available.

Twelve men and 13 women were injured, police said, with two men seriously hurt.

Details of their injuries were not immediately known. South African Airways could not immediately comment when contacted by AFP but an online flight tracking system said the plane was a four-engined Airbus A340-300.

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