The flag carrier airline of the Netherlands, KLM, has apologized to passengers that were aboard the KLM Airbus A330-200, flight KL-588 which departed on Thursday, 13th October 2016 from Lagos, Nigeria to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Health Journo reports that five passengers and two cabin crew received minor injuries in the severe turbulence encountered on board the flight. The plane was en route at Flight Level 38,000 feet (FL380) over the Mediterranean Sea about 130 Nautical Miles (about 240km speed) south of Marseille (France).
The KLM statement, which Health Journo has a copy of, states in parts that, “Your flight KL588 from Lagos to Amsterdam encountered unforeseen heavy turbulence which caused some anxious moments on board. We try to make your flight as pleasant as possible, but much to our regret, we could not prevent discomfort caused by the turbulence. We are sorry for this.”
The Aviation Herald reports that, “The aircraft encountered turbulence causing an altitude deviation of +100 feet (at more than 1500 feet per minute vertical climb speed); the aircraft returned to FL380, then climbed to FL 400 about 20 minutes later and continued to Amsterdam where a number of ambulances were waiting for the arrival of the aircraft.” The aircraft landed safely on Amsterdam’s runway about 4 a.m Nigerian Time.