BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Very scary moments on an ALK Airlines flight from Kosovo to Switzerland last week. Extreme turbulence caused a flight attendant to be smashed into the ceiling of the cabin and 10 passengers were injured.
ALK Airlines B737-300 (reg. LZ-MVK) performing Flight VBB7205 from Pristina (Kosovo) to Basel (Switzerland) and Mulhouse (France) with 121 people on board, was enroute at FL340 over south Tyrol – about 30 minutes prior to landing in Basel – when the aircraft encountered turbulence, causing injuries to 10 passengers, while deviating around an isolated active thunderstorm cell.
A strong downdraft caused the aircraft to deviate slightly from the assigned flight level. After the incident, the flight crew immediately requested a descent and the crew descended the aircraft to FL320. The B737 continued its flight and landed safely on runway 15 at Basel Airport, about 30 minutes later.
According to an Airport spokesman, 10 passengers needed to be taken to hospitals with minor injuries.
ALK Airlines is a Bulgarian charter airline headquartered in Sofia.
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