Whilst the aviation world has experienced some turbulence news of Airbus canceling the A380 program, a flight flying to Tel Aviv experienced some real-life turbulence, injuring 13 passengers.
The Transavia France Boeing 737-800 was only forty minutes from its destination when the incident occurred.
What are the details?
Transavia France flight from Lyon, France to Tel Aviv, Israel, was forty minutes from landing when it experienced severe turbulence. The plane was flying over a part of the Mediterranean that has common turbulent storms (where the seat meets the land), and a previous flight a month ago had suffered extreme turbulence around the same area. The pilots were well versed and were able to issue the correct warning. As the plane was starting to decide, it’s likely the planes cabin was prepared for landing.
As several passengers had their seatbelts unbuckled (always keep them buckled for this reason if you can help it) they were ‘lightly’ injured.
Once the plane has cleared the turbulence space, two passengers who were doctors assessed the injuries and informed the flight crew of the patient’s conditions. The captain decided that as there were around 35 minutes of out Ben Gurion Airport with only minor injuries, they might as well land at the final destination.
They informed the control tower and a medical team was waiting when they landed. No passengers had any ongoing issues and the plane returned to service after regular maintenance.
Who is Transavia France?
Transavia France is a sister airline of Transavia, a Dutch low-cost carrier. It is wholly owned by Air France and KLM and operates primarily out of the hub of Paris Orly, although they do have some separate routes from other major French airports. They have a fleet of 33 Boeing 737-800s and three Airbus A320-200s. They fly 56 short haul destinations around Europe and beyond.
Again, as we mentioned on the last turbulence article, turbulence is incredibly rare and events where people get hurt only make the front page because of how unlikely it is! The real danger is not you flying out of your seat, but having loose object collide with you, such as bags, laptops, phones and more. Be sure to stow away any items that you don’t need to ensure that this won’t happy to you.
So for those reading who might be flying soon, there is practically no chance that you will even be uncomfortable. Whether or not you will get the chicken onboard is something to truly worry about.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments if you ever experience turbulence.