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This is an undated photo of a standard production model Yak-42 jet, of the type that went missing late Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997, with 71 people aboard not far from Salonica, Greece. The three-turbo fan plane, designed by the Soviet Union, was introduced in 1990 and can carry as many as 120 passengers. It entered service in the Aeroflot fleet in 1980 and is currently used in countries including Russia, Lithuania, Cuba, China and Ukraine. (AP Photo)

Severe turbulence on an Aeroflot flight left passengers with broken bones and bloody noses


Severe turbulence on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok left at least 27 passengers battered and bruised on Monday, reports CNN

According to a statement released by the Russian Embassy in Bangkok, the plane hit an unexpected "air hole" during its approach to the airport, injuring 24 Russians and 3 Thais. Some passengers suffered fractures and bruises.

All victims were taken to a local hospital. Fifteen people remain in care. 

Rostik Rusev, of Hackensack, New Jersey, was on the flight and posted this video to Instagram.

Aeroflot issued a statement explaining that this type of turbulence is known as "clear sky turbulence" which is difficult to prepare for because it does not occur in cloudy skies. but instead in clear weather. 

The statement added that about 750 cases of clear-sky turbulence are reported globally each year. 

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