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Fifty passengers have been injured on a flight bound for Auckland.

LATAM Airlines Group reports that flight LA800, operating the Sydney – Auckland route today, had a technical problem during the flight which caused a strong movement.

The plane landed at Auckland Airport as scheduled. As a result of the incident, some passengers and cabin crew were affected. They received immediate assistance and were evaluated or treated by medical staff at the airport as needed.

LATAM says it regrets the inconvenience and injury this situation may have caused its passengers, and reiterates its commitment to safety as a priority within the framework of its operational standards.

Hato Hone St John, New Zealand’s ambulance service confirmed to TravelTalk that it responded to an incident at Auckland International Airport involving an in-bound aircraft.

Ambulance crews assessed and treated approximately 50 patients, with one patient in a serious condition and the remainder in a moderate to minor condition. So far, 13 patients have been transported to Middlemore Hospital by ambulance.

Two patients are currently being transported to Middlemore Hospital. 

“We were notified at 3.58pm and are currently on scene with four ambulances, two operations managers, one Major Incident Support Team vehicle, one Command Unit, and two rapid response vehicles,” a spokesperson said.

Auckland International Airport has confirmed a LATAM flight from Sydney had requested medical support.