A Condor Airlines flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Mauritius made an emergency landing at Mauritius International Airport around 6:40 a.m. Thursday, March 2, after being caught in severe turbulence near Madagascar. 17 passengers were injured, two of them in serious condition.
Images of the interior of the aircraft revealed damage while the Mauritius police said that there were 270 passengers on Flight DE 2314 at the time of the incident on Thursday.
On landing, the wounded passengers were transported to the closest hospital by a rescue crew.
Preliminary reports show that the incident happened close to Madagascar when the plane was in the air according to Inspector Shiva Coothen of the Mauritius police press office. “The authorities are waiting for the captain’s report to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident,” he stated.
This week’s Cyclone Freddy caused flight cancellations in Mauritius. In recent weeks, there have been widespread severe rains in southern Africa.