Passengers horrified as they are thrown around the cabin after plane hits rare, deadly 'clean air turbulence'
Extreme turbulence on flight Aerolineas Argentinas flight AR1303 from Miami to Buenos Aires caused havoc in the cabin and left 15 injured
A plane cabin was left in a mess with passengers bruised and some with nosebleeds after the plane was hit by severe turbulence. Around 15 passengers were injured in the incident and eight had to be hospitalized.
Aerolineas Argentinas flight AR1303 which was flying from Miami to Buenos Aires with 192 passengers on board was met with extreme turbulence as it was flying over western Brazil. Passengers were forced to live through their worst nightmare on the flight and many took to Twitter to share images and videos of their terrifying experience.
Wow. Keep your seatbelt on, loosly if not synched RT @breakingavnews: Severe turbulence has injured 15 passengers on board Aerolineas Argentinas flight #AR1303 from Miami to Buenos Aires https://t.co/hJKKs3HJSm pic.twitter.com/aWqG8xTrHQ— Marvin (@MarvinDMartian2) October 19, 2018
In one picture, food trays and litter can be seen strewn all over the aisle. A video clip taken shows a man holding a bloody tissue after suffering from a nosebleed. Oxygen masks were seen hanging from the ceiling along with fallen trolleys with food spilling out of them. A curtain that separates the gallery from the cabin is seen hanging from the ceiling.
After passing through the severe turbulence, the flight flew to Ezeiza International Airport in the Argentine capital. Eight of the injured passengers were taken to the hospital. Aerolineas Argentinas released a statement saying that the turbulence occurred during the 'cruise' phase of the flight. The airline mentioned that some of the passengers suffered bruises while the cabin crew did everything in their power to help passengers once the turbulence died down.
Earlier, a UK-based pilot told DailyMail that there are two types of turbulence and people are most unnerved by clear air turbulence. The pilot shared, "The sort of turbulence that people often get anxious about is clear air turbulence, which is often what happens at high altitude. And that's associated with the intercontinental jet streams that circle the globe".
"And where these jet streams collide, obviously is determined by weather patterns. And when they collide it creates ripples in the air. And that's what clear air turbulence is. Because we have a lot of people now who fly an awful lot, sometimes they're a bit casual about whether they should return to their seats and put their seatbelts on, and people think it's a bit of a drag, but there will be that one time in a hundred when it suddenly becomes really important to be in your seat," the pilot said.