'Freak' turbulence on AI flight leaves 3 injured, window panel comes off

Marcus Newton
April 23, 2018

Turbulence trashed the Air India airplane right after take off since the plane lasted almost 1 / 2 its journey and reached 15,000 feet.

A probe has now been launched by aviation regulator the Directorate Basic of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Plane Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) into the Air India incident.

The three passengers who were injured were not seriously hurt but were treated upon landing for minor injuries.

Thursday's flight from Amristar to Delhi was only supposed to last around 30 minutes, with turbulence hitting the plane soon after take-off due to bad weather.

In October 2014, a Singapore Airlines flight was hit by sudden turbulence when it was descending to land in Mumbai, injuring 22 passengers and crew.

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It lasted nearly half of the 30-minute journey with the strongest tremors lasting 10-12 minutes, according to officials. The aircraft, which was flying from Amritsar in Punjab and had over 240 passengers on board, was also damaged.

Many media reports have has stated that, Air India 462 which is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner (VT-ANI) faced a turbulent flight for 10 to 15 minutes while climbing from 8,000 feet to 21,000 feet.

The mid-air drama came after the other engine fire caused an explosion to suck the prey from of the window of the plane after a girl died. There has been no official statement from Air India so far. The 50-second long video clip covering the happenings inside the ill-fated flight showed an air hostess trying to fix the window panel that came off and pacifying the elderly women passenger seated in the particular window seat.

This ordeal follows a tragic incident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight between NY and Dallas last Tuesday.

Preliminary data indicated that passengers on the airliner encountered up to three times the force of gravity "at an altitude of 18,000 feet-32,000 feet during the climb phase of the aircraft", shortly after take off from Amritsar, according to NDTV.

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