17 people remain in Bangkok hospital after Aeroflot plane's incident

Twenty-seven people have been injured, several with suspected spinal damage, after an Aeroflot Boeing 777-300 on which they were travelling from Moscow to Bangkok hit strong turbulence.

Vladimir Sosnov, deputy head of Russian consulate in Thailand said those injured didn't have their seatbelts fastened.

The embassy said: "All the injured were sent to a local hospital with injuriesof a different kind of severity, mainly fractures and bruises".

The Russian Embassy in Thailand say that at least 27 people were injured as a result.

People walking in the aisle and without seat belts on were injured.

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Thailand is a popular tourist destination for Russians and Aeroflot flies two flights a day between Moscow and Bangkok. "Some need an operation", the Russian embassy in Bangkok said in a statement.

An Aeroflot statement said "clear sky turbulence" is hard to predict, and was the reason passengers were not advised to return to their seats and employ their safety belts.

Rostislav Rusev, a passenger, wrote on Instagram: "Out of nowhere we hit turbulence that was so..."

Three people needed surgery, two for multiple leg fractures and one for broken ribs, he said. It came out of nowhere it was like driving a vehicle and a tire suddenly bursts. Aeroflot personnel was nothing but heroes who did everything that they could to help the people that were hurt.

He praised the work of the flight's crew, telling CNN that they "couldn't have been more professional and courageous".

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"Ten patients have been discharged and left for their hotels, and the rest continue to receive therapy at hospitals of the kingdom", the representative said.

"We were hurled up into the roof of the plane, it was practically impossible to hold on", a passenger who gave her first name as Yevgenia told Rossiya 24 by phone.

"It felt like the shaking wouldn't stop, that we would just crash", she added.

"Every year in the world of civil aviation, there are about 750 recorded cases of clear air turbulence".

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