When and how does turbulence occur?

A Singapore Airlines flight experienced turbulence over the Indian Ocean and descended about 1,800 meters in about three minutes, the airline reported overnight. One Briton was killed and authorities said dozens of passengers were injured, some seriously.

An airport official said the 73-year-old man may have suffered a heart attack, although that has not been confirmed. There were also 23 New Zealanders on the plane, the airline confirmed.

The Boeing 777 flight from London Heathrow Airport to Singapore, with 211 passengers and 18 crew members on board, was diverted and landed in a storm in Bangkok.

The airline confirmed that the event occurred as a result of “severe” turbulence. So what is that?

According to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), turbulence is the movement of air created by atmospheric pressure, jet streams, air around mountains, cold or warm weather fronts, or storms. electrical.

“It can be unexpected and can occur when the sky appears clear. Turbulence can cause a sudden jolt in an airplane that can injure unbuckled passengers and flight crew members.”

In the case of Singapore flight SQ321, FlightRadar24 noted that there were thunderstorms, some severe, in the area at the time.

The FAA says there are a number of things passengers can do to avoid injury if turbulence occurs on their flight.

They say listening to safety instructions before a plane takes off and following airline carry-on restrictions are effective ways to prevent injuries.

One of the best ways to avoid injury during turbulence is to stay buckled in the seat. Airbus recommended that passengers be aware of this and are encouraged to keep their seat belt fastened at all times.

Turbulence can also cause a lot of anxiety for passengers, even before boarding the plane.

Air New Zealand recommends telling someone you are traveling with, such as a crew member or loved one, that you are an anxious traveler.

The airline recommends that passengers overcome the inconvenience by focusing on the reason for the flight in the first place.

“Tune into our in-flight audio on international flights – there are even some guided meditations that can help you stay calm (look for Stars of Aroha).”

Air New Zealand says if you encounter turbulence, remember it’s uncomfortable but safe.