Fourteen people had to be treated for injuries in Madrid after a flight operated by the Spanish charter airline Evelop had severe turbulence en route from Mauritius, an official of the company who refused to be identified reported.
The A330-343 Airbus aircraft landed safely in its original destination at Barajas airport in Madrid on Tuesday night after suffering a 15-second episode of turbulence in the air that precipitated the crash. plane a few hundred meters in the sky above Ethiopia.
Three members of the crew were among the injured, all of them lightly. The company source said the 11 passengers ignored the safety belt warning triggered before the plane flew into the turbulence zone.
On Wednesday, the newspaper El Mundo quoted a passenger as saying that the dive had sent several people "flying towards the ceiling and floating in the air, as seen in the movies".
"We all thought we would die," he told El Mundo, adding that on the safe landing the passengers applauded the crew and hugged each other.