Passengers and crew injured during 'severe turbulence' on Malaysia Airlines flight from London

Several passengers and crew members on board a Malaysia Airlines flight from London to Kuala Lumpur suffered minor injuries due to severe air turbulence.

The airline said in a statement on its Facebook page that Flight MH1, which had been carrying 378 passengers and crew, experienced "a brief moment of severe turbulence" over the Bay of Bengal.

"During the flight over the Bay of Bengal the passenger seatbelt light was switched on due to air turbulence," it said.

Photos circulating on Twitter showed toppled food carts, food strewn all over the aisle and cracks in overhead passenger units.

The aircraft landed safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on June 5, where it met with medical crew and Malaysia Airlines senior management.

A small number of the injured were also treated by medical officers.

"Malaysia Airlines has assisted the 378 passengers and crew onboard MH1 and sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by this weather event which was entirely beyond our control," added the statement.

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