Evelop A333 over Ethiopia on Aug 20th 2019, severe turbulence injures 16
Last Update: August 21, 2019 / 21:03:43 GMT/Zulu time
A passenger told The Aviation Herald that they were enroute about 4 hours into the flight when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing the aircraft to drop, everything loose flew up to the cabin ceiling, the passenger felt levitation and hit the ceiling, too. A number of crew and passengers were injured, there was damage to cabin ceiling and luggage lockers.
Passengers quoted by various media suggest the turbulence occurred between 2.5 and 6 hours after departure (editorial note: at 2.5 hours the aircraft was over the Ocean south of Somalia, at 6 hours the aircraft was enroute in the area of northern Sudan/southern Egypt - the route took the aircraft to near Mogadishu (Somalia), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Khartoum (Sudan) and to Cairo (Egypt)).
The airline reported the aircraft suffered clear air turbulence, there had been no indications on the weather radar. The crew had activated the fasten seat belt signs prior to reaching the zone known for turbulences and before suffering the strong jolt. 3 crew were injured in the occurrence, 11 passegers had ignored the fasten seat belt signs and were injured, too.
AENA (Spanish Airport Operator) reported 16 people needed medical attention due to bruises and cuts. 14 people were taken to a total of 5 hospitals in the area.
This article is published under license from Avherald.com. © of text by Avherald.com.
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