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A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane on Sunday encountered severe turbulence in mid flight, injuring several passengers, the airline said.

Flight MH1 bound for Kuala Lumpur from London encountered clear-air turbulence over the Bay of Bengal, the airline said in a statement.

"Due to a brief moment of severe turbulence, some passengers suffered minor injuries," it said.

Flight MH1 has landed safely in Kuala Lumpur International Airport and all the passengers and crew are being attended to, the airline said.

The airline said medical officers were at the airport to provide assistance to injured passengers and crew.

"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," it said.

Images shared on social networking sites showed items inside the passenger cabin were scattered all over the place.

Two years ago, Malaysia Airlines suffered twin tragedies resulting in the death of over 600 people.

On March 8, 2014, the Beijing-bound flight MH370 with 239 people aboard, disappeared without a trace nearly an hour after it took off at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Four months later, on July 17, 2014, Flight MH17 with 298 people aboard, was shot down by a missile while passing through eastern Ukraine. The plane came from Amsterdam enroute to Kuala Lumpur.

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