Fasten seatbelt : Vendredi 20 fevrier, un Boeing 747 de la compagnie Northwest à destination de Tokyo Narita a été pris dans des turbulences. 47 bléssés, un passager raconte que certains n'avaient pas attaché leur ceinture.
...............Sur Japan Today.............
Forty-seven people were injured Friday when a Northwest Airlines passenger plane from Manila
was hit by turbulence while circling above waters off Chiba Prefecture awaiting permission to land at Narita airport, officials said. The injured passengers and crew members have been taken to hospitals near the airport, according to local fire department officials and Narita International Airport Corp, the operator of the airport.
The Japan Transport Safety Board, meanwhile, has sent three officials to the airport to investigate the incident.
The Boeing 747-400 with 408 passengers and 14 crew members landed at Narita airport, east of Tokyo,
at around 12:20 p.m. Friday, according to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry.
The airplane landed without declaring an emergency, officials of the ministry’s office at the airport said, adding it did not notify air traffic controllers that the airplane encountered turbulence or people on board were injured.
Northwest Airlines said the ‘‘fasten seatbelt’’ light was turned on when the plane was hit by turbulence.
Vincent Salazar, a 55-year-old American passenger, said he heard screams when the plane suddenly descended and then made an ascent about 30 minutes before landing. Some people who did not have their seatbelts fastened hit their heads on the ceiling and injured their necks.
‘‘It really happened so fast and it was over,’’ Salazar said. ‘‘We were flying and then the seatbelt sign came on and when we were trying to get back to the seats, the plane dropped and so some people went up and hit the top (ceiling).’’
‘‘I actually was pretty calm because I’ve flown a lot, but the lady next to me was screaming...And unfortunately some people weren’t in their seatbelts. They were just flying.’’