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11 people seriously injured on Hawaiian flight due to severe turbulenceHONOLULU, HAWAI — On Sunday, 11 passengers were critically injured during a flight from Phoenix to Honolulu due to severe turbulence. There were 278 passengers and ten crew members onboard. A Hawaiian Airlines representative described the occurrence as distinctive. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...
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More clear air turbulence chances lurk every winter as the Polar jetstream seasonably drops to lower latitudes.
The headline should read: 11 people seriously injured on Hawaiian flight due to not wearing seatbelts during severe turbulence.
Data for N393HA shows level at 40,000ft and 386 kts ground, then at 08:07Z a -3000ft/min drop to 39,450 and 367 kts, then an immediate +2000 ft/min recovery to 40,000ft for a few minutes before a steady descent to landing.
saw some video of this, folks flopping up and down and some head indentations in the ceiling. The aircraft is built to survive these wind shear events, but human bodies not strapped in with seat belts are liable for bouncing around the cabin, hitting the ceiling, and getting very hurt very fast.
Why I never take my seat belt off during a flight.