ANZ B763 over South China Sea on Oct 9th 2016, turbulence causes 4 injuries

Last Update: October 10, 2016 / 22:02:35 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 9, 2016

Classification
Accident

Flight number
NZ-268

Aircraft Registration
ZK-NCJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

An ANZ Air New Zealand Boeing 767-300, registration ZK-NCJ performing flight NZ-268 (scheduled dep Oct 8th, actual dep Oct 9th) from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Auckland (New Zealand), was enroute at FL330 over the South China Sea at about 01:10L (18:10Z Oct 8th) when the aircraft encountered sudden turbulence causing a number of occupants to impact the cabin ceiling and fall back onto the floor. The flight crew decided to turn around about 480nm southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, about one hour into the flight, and to return to Ho Chi Minh City, where the aircraft landed without further incident about 130 minutes after departure. Four occupants were taken to a hospital.

The airline confirmed three cabin crew and a passenger received minor injuries as result of the turbulence, that occurred about 40 minutes into the flight.

Passengers reported there were a few minor bumps, the captain announced there was a bit of turbulence around, then there was a major jolt causing everything loose, including cabin crew and passengers not belted in as well meal trays and cups, to impact the cabin ceiling and back the floor. It appeared there were doctors on board, who started to take care of the injured.

Replacement crew members were dispatched to Vietnam. Thus the occurrence aircraft departed again about 24 hours after first departure and reached Auckland with a delay of about 26 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 9, 2016

Classification
Accident

Flight number
NZ-268

Aircraft Registration
ZK-NCJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

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