An unfortunate accident occurred in the skies last July 12 when a violent air turbulence hit an Air Canada flight heading to Australia. The event left 37 passengers injured with nine in serious condition. The Flight AC33 made an emergency landing in Honolulu to treat the passengers.
Most of the passengers who were not fastened it hit the ceiling of the plane in just seconds. Thankfully, there were five doctors on board that helped treat the injured on board.
Predicting an Air Turbulence
It’s believed that the cause of the incident was a clear air turbulence (CAT). This happens when different air masses suddenly collide. CAT give no clear signs or warnings. Neither the pilot nor the aircraft radar would be able to predict it. Even weather forecasters have no way of telling when it might happen.
“It’s probably one of the most challenging forecast problems we have right now for aviation meteorology,” says Thomas Guinn, a meteorology professor at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The only thing pilots have to rely on are weather balloons and other pilots, but it becomes more unpredictable once they’re over ocean. High altitude also increases the chances of CAT, which is why flights always advise people to buckle up.
Studies say that CAT across the globe becomes more common with climate change.
How to Avoid Injury During a Turbulence
Turbulence happens fairly often and is rarely this harmful. However, you can never know how bad it gets. The best you can do is avoid injuries by following these rules:
- Fasten your seatbelt at all times
- Store lose items
- Follow the carry-on regulations
- Fold your tray table when not in use
- Use the appropriate safety seats for kids under two years old
- Avoid lining up to use the lavatory
It doesn’t take much to avoid getting hurt during a CAT. These incidents shouldn’t discourage passengers from flying. After the event, the flight crew were able to minimize further chaos and harm by reassuring passengers. Thanks to the quick thinking of both the flight attendants and the pilot, passengers were treated as soon as possible.
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