Video Shows Flight Attendant Asking If Severe Turbulence Killed Man

May 6, 2017

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Earlier this week we reported about the severe turbulence on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow (SVO) to Bangkok (BKK) that resulted in injuries to dozens of passengers. Now another aircraft — an AirAsia X flight from Taipei (TPE) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) — has suffered a turbulence event so extreme that a video shows the cabin crew asking out loud if someone had died as a result.

The video, which was filmed on board Thursday and posted by Oriental Daily News Malaysia, shows flight attendants crouched in a galley, bracing themselves against the plane’s movements as food trays and stowage items lay strewn about on the floor. The attendants yell to each other as crying can be heard in the background and the captain comes briefly on the intercom.

One flight attendant attempts to calm people, saying “it’s gonna be all right” before another crew member, possibly referring to a colleague, can be overheard saying “that guy’s dead, I think he’s dead” and the first flight attendant asks “is he dead?” Warning: the following clip contains graphic language.

Fortunately, another flight attendant confirms that the man is not dead and attempts to determine when they can move to secure themselves into seats. Eventually the crew coordinates a rush to the safety of their seats.

According to the UK publication The Sun, the airline released a statement saying “The aircraft landed safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 at 4:30 pm. Five injured passengers were treated by paramedics at the airport upon landing. All other passengers were attended to by ground staff and provided necessary assistance.”

The footage originally emerged on WhatsApp and has been shared virally across Asia. The Youtube video embedded in this article has more than 100,000 views.

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