17 passengers injured as Hong Kong Airlines flight hits turbulence after taking off from Bali

DENPASAR (AFP) - Seventeen passengers were injured on Saturday (May 7) when a Hong Kong Airlines flight hit severe turbulence over Borneo after taking off from the Indonesian resort island of Bali, an airport official said.

The extreme weather forced Hong Kong-bound Flight CRK 6704 carrying 204 passengers and 12 crew to return to Denpasar.

"Seventeen people were injured, 12 must be admitted to a hospital for further treatment while five others were treated in the airport clinic and have been released," Mr Trikora Harjo, general manager of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, told AFP.

Most of the passengers suffered bruises, but were conscious and able to walk, he added.

The Airbus A330-200 was not seriously damaged and has been parked at the airport for further investigation, Mr Harjo said.

It was the second turbulence incident involving an Airbus 300-200 in Indonesia this week.

An Etihad Airways flight was hit by "severe and unexpected" turbulence just before landing in Jakarta on Wednesday, leaving 31 passengers injured.

The airline said the turbulence also damaged cabin storage areas on Flight EY474 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta.