How to Fight the Turbulence That Just Injured 24 JetBlue Fliers
Last night, a Jet Blue plane hit severe turbulence that ripped up the toilet, knocked a flight attendant into the ceiling, and injured 24 people.
The Airbus A320 was flying from Boston to Sacramento when the tower of terror moment hit, sending people, luggage, laptops, and service items flying through the cabin. Heads smacked into overhead bins. The pilots made an emergency landing in Rapid City, South Dakota, and the injured passengers and crew were taken to a local hospital. According to NBC News, they’ve all been released.
Rear toilet was completely ripped from its housing pic.twitter.com/E63wsq0TkY
— Derek Lindahl (@oif_vet) August 12, 2016
The passenger who shot the photo of the destroyed toilet reports one flight attendant was standing in the galley at the time, and hit her head on the ceiling, sustaining cuts, a neck injury and a concussion.
While turbulence is almost never severe enough to cause crash, it’s the most common source of in-flight injuries. Meanwhile, climate change is making rough air more common, especially on transatlantic routes.
As part of WIRED’s Flight Mode series, we look at the cost of turbulence to airlines, and what they’re doing to keep planes from feeling like a flying Boggle board.
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