HONOLULU (AP) – A cloud shot up vertically like a plume of smoke within the seconds earlier than a Hawaiian Airways flight final month hit extreme turbulence, injuring 25 folks on board, based on a preliminary report from the Nationwide Transportation Security Board on Friday.
The captain of the Dec. 18 flight from Phoenix to Honolulu instructed investigators that flight circumstances had been clean with clear skies when the cloud burst in entrance of the airplane and there was no time to vary course, the report mentioned. He referred to as the flight attendant and instructed her there may be turbulence. Inside one to a few seconds, the airplane entered “extreme turbulence,” the report mentioned.
Shortly after, the flight attendant instructed the crew that there have been a number of accidents within the cabin. Twenty-five of the 291 passengers and crew members on board had been injured, together with 4 passengers and two crew members who had been critically injured, the report mentioned. The airplane sustained minor harm.
Tiffany Reyes, one of many passengers taken to the hospital, mentioned the following day that she had simply returned to her seat from the bathroom and was about to lock her seat belt when the flight went down. Immediately, Reyes mentioned, she discovered herself on the hallway ground, staring up at recessed ceiling panels and a cracked lavatory signal that was hanging. “I requested everybody round me, ‘Was that me?’ Reyes mentioned. “They mentioned I should have gone airborne and hit the bottom.
Reyes mentioned she initially thought one thing had hit the airplane and that it was happening, and that she briefly thought they had been going to die as a result of she had by no means skilled something so violent in flight. “That is the scariest expertise I’ve ever been by way of in all my 40 years,” Reyes mentioned.
Hawaiian Airways Chief Working Officer Jon Snook mentioned on the time that such turbulence was uncommon and famous that the airline had not skilled something prefer it in latest instances. On the time, there was a seat belt signal, though a number of the injured weren’t sporting them, he mentioned. It occurred about 40 minutes earlier than touchdown in Honolulu, based on the report.
The report accommodates info however not possible trigger. It’s often included within the ultimate report, which can take a yr or two to finish. An airline spokesman declined to touch upon the report Friday as a result of the NTSB’s investigation is ongoing.
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