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Turbulent landing put hostess in hospital

A stewardess was badly injured after being thrown into the air when her plane encountered severe turbulence while coming into land, an accident report said today.

She was seated, unrestrained, in a crew seat in the rear galley of the SAS Scandinavian Airlines Boeing 737 as it approached Heathrow airport, and was making an announcement to passengers.

Landing back on the seat and badly injuring her back, she was in considerable pain and had to remain on the galley floor as the flight came in to land.

Another cabin crew member had managed to sit in an empty seat but was not able to fasten the seatbelt before she was thrown into the air.

She hit the cabin roof but was uninjured.

The injured stewardess had to stay in hospital for 10 days with spinal injuries following the incident on the afternoon of August 23 last year.

A report said the seatbelt sign was on at the time but the cabin crew were unrestrained and were securing the cabin for landing.

Three out of four of the cabin crew had not been aware of a public address announcement warning of possible turbulence.

hnews@herald.ie