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 individuals on board, based on a preliminary report from the Transportation Security Board on Friday.
The captain of the Dec. 18 flight from Phoenix to Honolulu instructed investigators that flight situations have been easy and clear when the cloud burst in entrance of the airplane and there was no time to alter course, the report stated. He known as the flight attendant and instructed her there could be turbulence. Inside one to a few seconds, the airplane entered “extreme turbulence,” the report stated.
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 have been injured, together with 4 passengers and two crew members who have been severely injured, the report stated. The airplane sustained minor harm.
Tiffany Reyes, one of many passengers taken to the hospital, stated 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.
Instantly, Reyes stated, 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 stated. “They stated I will need to have gone airborne and hit the bottom.
Reyes stated she initially thought one thing had hit the airplane and that it was happening, and that she briefly thought they have 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 in all my 40 years,” Reyes stated.
Hawaiian Airways Chief Working Officer Jon Snook stated 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 among the injured weren’t sporting them, he stated.
It occurred about 40 minutes earlier than touchdown in Honolulu, based on the report.
The report comprises info however not possible trigger. It’s normally included within the closing 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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