Hawaiian Airlines flight 35: Turbulent Honolulu flight illustrates phenomenon’s risks after least 36 people injured
, 2022-12-22 03:22:35,
The latest injuries from airplane turbulence were on flights to Honolulu and Houston, leading to a total of 41 people being hurt or receiving medical treatment in just two days – Sunday and Monday.
The video above is from a previous report.
Back in July, severe turbulence led to at least eight minor injuries on a flight to Nashville, Tennessee, which had to be diverted to Alabama. Another three serious injuries to crew members were reported on three separate flights this year to Detroit, Miami and Columbus, Ohio, according to data from the National Transportation Safety Board.
U.S. airlines have made steady improvements in their overall accident rate, but turbulence continues to be a major cause of accidents and injuries, according to a 2021 NTSB report. Turbulence accounted for 37.6% of all accidents on larger commercial airlines between 2009 and 2018.
The Federal Aviation Administration also stated in a release Monday that there were 146 serious injuries from turbulence from 2009 to 2021.
Climate change is expected to make turbulence worse in the coming decades, experts say. And while improvements in forecasting will help, not everyone expects the technology to ever be perfect.
In the meantime, the NSTB says that more can be done – both within the industry and among passengers. And everyone agrees that simply wearing a seatbelt during the entire flight will significantly reduce one’s risk of injury.
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