Jan. 13 — Lower than an hour after touchdown in Honolulu, a Hawaiian Airways flight was hit by extreme turbulence when a “cloud shot up vertically” in entrance of the aircraft on Dec. 18, based on a Nationwide Transportation Security Board preliminary report.
The pilot known as the flight attendant to inform her they may have turbulence. Inside 1 to three seconds, the aircraft hit extreme turbulence, injuring 25 folks on board the flight, the report mentioned.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board at present launched the preliminary report on Hawaiian Airways Flight 35, detailing the climate situations on the time of the turbulence.
Within the report, the captain of the Hawaiian Airways Airbus A330 mentioned the aircraft, en path to Honolulu from Phoenix, Arizona, was at an altitude of about 40,000 toes above the cirrostratus cloud layer. Circumstances had been clean with clear skies above the cloud layer and the climate radar was working when a cloud shot up vertically, like a plume of smoke, in entrance of the plane in a matter of seconds.
Quickly after, the plane skilled “extreme duct-induced turbulence” at round 10:07am.
The aircraft was about 65 nautical miles north-northeast of Kahului, Maui on the time and about 40 minutes from touchdown at Honolulu’s Daniel Okay. Inouye Worldwide Airport.
Of the 291 passengers and crew on board the flight, 25 folks had been injured. Of these injured, 4 passengers and two crew members had been significantly injured, and 17 passengers and two crew members suffered minor accidents.
The plane sustained minor harm.
Investigators carried out a follow-up research of the climate within the space that exposed “a closed frontal system with an related upper-level despair shifting towards the Hawaiian Islands. Satellite tv for pc and climate radar pictures and lightning knowledge confirmed robust cells within the neighborhood of the flight,” the report mentioned.
The U.S. Nationwide Climate Service had issued a vital climate warning “for an built-in thunderstorm with a high close to FL 380” over the world.
The NTSB’s preliminary report indicated that no pilots reported extreme en route turbulence previous to the crash.