26 injured as plane from Paris hits turbulence in China

20 injured after turbulence in China Eastern plane during flight

20 injured after turbulence in China Eastern plane during flight

Four of the 26 injured passengers are in a serious condition.

At least 26 people were injured after severe turbulence struck an worldwide flight from France to China over the weekend. "(We) remind all passengers, for your safety, please fasten safety belts", it said.

Xinhua said (in Chinese) that two violent bumps and many small bumps occurred over about 10 minutes.

This is the second such incident the airline has encountered this week.

This latest incident comes about a week after a China Eastern Airlines plane bound for Shanghai diverted back to Sydney because of a huge hole in part of its left engine.

The company did not specify how long or where the turbulence occurred on the flight.

During the turbulence, passengers were thrown into the air, where they struck their heads on luggage racks. One passenger told Xinhua that the plane was almost full.

The plane landed around 9 am (0100 GMT) today, an hour later than scheduled, according to Xinhua.

And while pilots can sometimes avoid the turbulence that comes with bad weather, other invisible rough patches are near-impossible to avoid.

A China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330 aircraft sits on the tarmac at Sydney International Airport in Australia.

At least 26 passengers have been confirmed injured during the event and some of them are said to sustain skull base fractures, spinal damage, shoulder fractures and scalp lacerations.

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