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Published on : Monday, June 6, 2016
Passengers were hurt in the brief moment of turbulence over the Bay of Bengal. Those injured were treated by the medical officers. In all 34 passengers and six crew members on board the Airbus A380 were hurt.
Many photos were posted on Facebook showing aisles littered with meal service rubbish, pillow and other debris.
“Malaysia Airlines has assisted the 378 passengers and crew onboard MH1 and sincerely apologised for any inconvenience caused by this weather event which was entirely beyond our control,” the company said in the statement.
The airline has faced a lot of criticism with its loss of passengers in MH370 and MH17 disasters in 2014. The airline was on the brink of bankruptcy as bookings dried up.
Flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew. Debris found in the Indian Ocean has confirmed the Boeing 777 went down but what happened to the flight in the hours leading to the crash remains a mystery.
Four months later MH17 was blown from the sky by a suspected Russian-made ground-to-air missile over war-torn Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
The airline again faced crisis when German airline fixer Christoph Mueller was brought in the following year to fix the airline’s reputation with 6,000 jobs slashed and dramatically trimming the carriers’ route network. But Mullar gave up in September and left the airline in a lurch for “personal reasons”.