Ed Driscoll

If Man We're Meant To Fly

He’d remember to fasten his seat belt:

Forty-nine people aboard a Taiwanese flight to Japan were injured Monday evening when the plane encountered sudden turbulence over the Pacific Ocean.

The incident occurred aboard Ever Air Flight 196 around 6:11 p.m., immediately after a flight attendant announced that the aircraft would soon begin its descent and the captain turned on the seat belt signs, the Mainichi Shimbun reported Tuesday.

The plane, bound for Japan’s Narita Airport from Taipei, was flying at an altitude of almost 33,000 feet.

Some passengers who had not fastened their seat belts were thrown against the ceiling or the floor. Parts of the ceiling and walls were damaged, and baggage stored in overhead compartments was scattered on the floor.

About 20 minutes later, the aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 jet with 251 passengers and 16 crew members aboard, made an emergency landing at Narita Airport.

The 49 injured people, including nine crew members, were rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

Talk about flying the unfriendly skies!