A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to PEOPLE that crew members and passengers were injured on during "unexpected turbulence" on Monday
Multiple passengers aboard Emirates flight EK421 headed from Perth, Australia, to Dubai were injured after the plane encountered unexpected severe turbulence on Monday.
The incident caused multiple passengers and crew members to be thrown into the ceiling of the aircraft. Some passengers shared their experience and the aftermath on X (formerly Twitter) following the terrifying journey.
“Had the worst flight back from Perth to Dubai with @emirates,” one user named @MattRPD wrote. “Geniunelly felt that was the end as we hit the ceiling to ground twice and smashed the ceiling in. Glad to be home.”
The caption was accompanied by a photo revealing a large crack in the ceiling.
Me and @lunars_magic had the worst flight back from Perth to Dubai with @emirates. Geniunelly felt that was the end as we hit the ceiling to ground twice and smashed the ceiling in. Glad to be home. pic.twitter.com/g8zsi61cSk
— MattRPD (@MattRPD) December 5, 2023
Another passenger wrote about the “awful” journey on X and shared photos of the ceiling cracks that their hair got caught in.
“The @emirates flight from Perth to Dubai was awful. I hate flying, so I rarely get up unless I need to,” user @lunars_magic captioned their post. “The pilot announced turbulence and to sit down. Literally a second later, myself and others hit the ceiling. You can see my hair in the crack.”
They added that while the crew did the “best that they could” with treating the injured and supporting everyone, the overall experience was “very scary.”
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“It even crossed my mind in the moment, if this was it, am I going to die,” they continued. “I hope others injured or traumatized find quick recovery.”
A spokesperson for Emirates said in a statement to PEOPLE: “We can confirm that flight EK421 from Perth to Dubai on 4 December briefly encountered unexpected turbulence mid-flight. This unfortunately resulted in a small number of crew members and passengers on the flight sustaining injuries. The flight continued to Dubai and landed at 4:45 hrs local time.”
They added that the injured were examined by crew members and “medically-trained volunteers,” while additional medical support was “provided via satellite link.”
“The flight was met by medical services on landing, and Emirates has also deployed its care team to ensure the injured passengers and crew are provided all possible support,” the statement concluded.
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