Air China Passenger and Flight Attendant Injured During Severe Turbulence

by Anthony Losanno
Air China Plane

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Severe turbulence led to a flight attendant and a passenger being lifted off the ground and thrown into the ceiling before crashing to the floor on an Air China flight to Beijing yesterday.

Air China flight CA1524 departed from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) yesterday en route to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) onboard an Airbus A330. Within the last 40 minutes of the flight, there were two sudden drops. This caused loose items like magazines, water bottles, and pillows to be thrown around the cabin. Unfortunately, a passenger and flight attendant were also injured when they were violently lifted off the ground and thrust into the ceiling.

The airline confirmed that one passenger and one flight attendant were sent to the hospital after the flight safely landed in Beijing.

Turbulence is becoming more common as global warming continues to take its toll. A recent CNBC article quotes a paper from the University of Reading that reads:

The university went on to state that warmer air from carbon dioxide emissions is increasing windshear in the jet streams, strengthening clear-air turbulence in the North Atlantic and globally.”

The best advice: keep your seatbelt fastened even while seated as you never know when turbulence will hit.

Anthony’s Take: Turbulence can be scary, but is not dangerous in most situations. Stay seated and buckled up when flying as turbulence seems to only be getting worse.

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