02/01/2011 01:53 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Virgin Blue Flight Hits Unexpected Turbulence, Sends Passengers Flying

A Virgin Blue plane hit unexpected turbulence while the seatbelt sign was turned off, injuring four people and shaking up the rest of the 361 passengers on board.

Australia's The Age reports the crew had just served dinner on the Melbourne-bound flight from Thailand when the plane "plunged," showering passengers with food and throwing crewmembers around the cabin.

"It was pretty much mayhem. Meals were flying everywhere, people were launching out of their seats," passenger and journalist Lyall Johnson tells the news outlet.

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