An accident report claims that severe turbulence caused injuries to 10 people on a flight bound for Gatwick last November.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found that a cabin crew member and nine passengers were hurt in the incident on board a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747.
Two passengers and a cabin crew member needed hospital treatment, with the staff member suffering head and neck injuries and one of the passengers hurting their knee.
The flight, from Montego Bay in Jamaica, had changed course from its planned route to avoid bad weather before running into extreme turbulence around 345 miles south of St John’s in Newfoundland, the AAIB said.
Investigators were told that the situation had become so bad that a stewardess struggled to fasten her own seatbelt in the November 14 incident.
Pilots on the plane – which was carrying 400 passengers – had requested a deviation to the left (north) after monitoring the weather radar. This was rejected but a change to the right of track was given the green light and subsequently followed by the plane.
According to AAIB officials, wind at that stage was from astern, “so the crew were not concerned that their new track would be downwind of the observed weather and thus possibly subject to turbulence”.
After this, the plane continued on its course and “returns on the radar reduced and disappeared altogether”.
However, “significant climbs and descents” were experienced after the turbulence started, the AAIB said.
Cabin crew members and medically-trained passengers helped to treat the injured people after the turbulence subsided. Medical staff then treated those who were hurt after the plane landed at Gatwick on November 14.
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Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: September 11, 2014
Author: David Brown