DUBAI- On December 6, 2023 (Today), during the journey from Perth (PER), Western Australia, to Dubai (DXB), an Emirates (EK) A380 experienced significant turbulence over the Persian Gulf, resulting in injuries to several passengers and crew members.
Flight EK421 encountered violent shaking during mid-flight, leading to at least 14 individuals receiving treatment for injuries upon the early Wednesday morning landing.
Emirates A380 Turbulence
The Emirates spokesperson verified to the Daily Mail that the flight had “briefly encountered unexpected turbulence mid-flight.
“While on board, our crew and medically-trained volunteers assessed and assisted the injured individuals, and additional medical support was provided through satellite link.
Upon landing, the flight was met by medical services, and Emirates has deployed its care team to ensure comprehensive support for the injured passengers and crew.
The aircraft touched down in Dubai at approximately 4:45 a.m. local time.
A passenger, reportedly on board, shared on X/Twitter that they had experienced hitting the ceiling twice and smashing it during the turbulence.
Turbulence arises from a combination of meteorological, atmospheric, and geological elements. It is categorized into four levels: light, moderate, severe, and extreme.
On Tuesday, August 29, 2023, a severe turbulence incident took place involving Delta Air Lines (DL) flight DL175, which was en route from Milan (MXP) to Atlanta (ATL).
The flight was operated by an Airbus A350-900 aircraft with the registration code N576DZ, having been in service for three years.
The flight lasted 9 hours and 47 minutes and proceeded uneventfully until the approach phase. Approximately 40 miles northeast of Atlanta, the aircraft encountered a bout of severe turbulence.
Out of the total 151 passengers and 14 crew members on board, 11 individuals sustained injuries as a result.
These injured individuals were promptly transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation. Fortunately, none of the injuries are deemed life-threatening.
A spokesperson from Delta commented on the incident:
“Delta Care Team members are currently taking steps to connect with passengers aboard Delta Flight 175, which experienced severe turbulence before safely landing in Atlanta on Tuesday. Our utmost priority is assisting our customers and crew members who sustained injuries. We extend our gratitude to the first responders who promptly attended to the aircraft, rendering medical attention and facilitating the transportation of the injured to the hospital.”
Please Fasten your Seatbelts
While aviation is widely acknowledged as a remarkably safe mode of travel, it is essential not to overlook the simplest yet most effective precaution we can take during flights – fastening our seatbelts.
Despite the awareness among flight crews about potential turbulence, the severity of such instances can be challenging to predict.
Thus, it is recommended to remain seatbelted while seated, especially when the seatbelt sign is illuminated.
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