airBaltic flight to Berlin hits turbulence; three injured

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The airBaltic Boeing 737-300 plane flying on the Riga-Berlin route on Tuesday hit turbulence prior to landing, company representatives told BNS.

Two passengers and one cabin crew were injured. The crew continued the flight to Tegel airport and requested emergency services to prepare medical assistance for the arrival of the aircraft. Medical personnel travelling onboard provided immediate assistance.

The aircraft landed safely in Berlin Tegel airport with 59 passengers and five crew members onboard.

"According to the information currently available, one of the passengers is reported injured (suspected broken leg) and was taken to the hospital, while another passenger with a minor injury declined hospitalisation," the company stated.

"One of the cabin crew has also suffered a minor injury. airBaltic has cancelled the [BT212] return flight from Berlin to Riga. airBaltic apologises for the inconvenience caused to the passengers and is now offering travel alternatives to customers," the company said.

The aircraft is currently being inspected for faults.

airBaltic, established in 1995, serves about 60 direct destinations from Riga. The Latvian state owns 99.8 percent of airBaltic shares.

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