JAL plane hits turbulence; causes broken bones

On Feb. 11, two people suffered broken bones when a Japan Airlines (JAL) plane hit sudden turbulence en route from Tokyo to Hawaii, says an airline spokesman.

According to the official, the JAL Boeing 767-300 was flying with 239 passengers and 11 crew members aboard when it encountered the turbulence at cruising altitude, some 300 kilometres (188 miles) west of Honolulu.

The accident occurred at 3:30 am Japan time (1830 GMT Thursday).

One passenger broke their left thigh bone and a crew member suffered a broken right elbow, the spokesman said without giving further details.

Established in 1951 and became the national airline of Japan in 1953, Japan Airlines is the Flag carrier of Japan and its main hubs are Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Tokyo International Airport, as well as Nagoya’s Chūbu Centrair International Airport and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport.

With deliveries for a total 104 with no unfilled orders, the Boeing 767-300 is a 6.43 m stretch of the 767-200, with an overall length of 54.94 m. The 767-300 was first ordered by Japan Airlines in 1983. It first flew on January 30, 1986, and was delivered to JAL later that year on September 25. The 767-300’s direct competitor from Airbus is the A330-200. The 767-300 is expected to be replaced by the 787-8 in Boeing’s lineup.




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