Spicejet B738 at Andal on May 1st 2022, turbulence injures passengers and cabin crew

Last Update: May 3, 2022 / 16:55:55 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 1, 2022

Classification
Accident

Airline
Spicejet

Flight number
SG-945

Departure
Mumbai, India

Destination
Andal, India

Aircraft Registration
VT-SLH

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Spicejet Boeing 737-800, registration VT-SLH performing flight SG-945 from Mumbai to Andal (India) with 189 passengers and 6 crew, was descending through about FL160 towards Andal when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing injuries to 14 passengers and 3 cabin crew. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 16 about 15 minutes later. A number of occupants were taken to hospitals.

India's DGCA have opened an investigation into the occurrence.

Preliminary information suggests loose objects in the cabin caused head injuries to passengers. Several passenger mask compartments opened as result of the turbulence, parts of the cabin ceiling came down. None of the overhead lockers appear to have opened however.

ADS-B data suggest the aircraft was descending at about 3000 fpm through FL160 when the aircraft encountered sudden speed variations between 410 and 350 knots over ground associated with climb rates of up to 2000 fpm and descend rates of up to 3000 fpm.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Andal for about 7 hours, then positioned to Kolkata (India). The aircraft has not yet returned to service about 51 hours after landing in Andal.

On May 3rd 2022 India's DGCA reported at the time of the turbulence encounter the seat belt signs were on keeping the number of injuries relatively low. Two of 14 injured passengers are still in Intensive Care Units, one with spinal injuries, the other with head injuries. A third injured remains in hospital care after 8 injured had been released from hospital. All of the 14 injured received head, spine, shoulder, forehead or facial injuries. A few hand rests were found fractured, a couple of oxygen mask compartments opened deploying the oxygen masks, some decorative panels of the cabin ceiling were damaged, one overhead locker lock was found fractured. Galley items were found distributed throughout the cabin. The aircraft experienced between +2.64 and -1.36G during the turbulence encounter, the autopilot disconnected and the crew took manual control of the aircraft for about 2 minutes. As result the entire fleet of Spicejet was checked.

Metars:
VEDG 011530Z 29016G26KT 2000 TSRA SCT018 FEW025CB BKN090 22/21 Q1006 NOSIG=
VEDG 011500Z 26022G34KT 2000 TSRA SCT018 FEW025CB BKN090 26/19 Q1003 NOSIG=
VEDG 011430Z 15007KT 3200 HZ SCT018 FEW025CB BKN090 31/25 Q1003 BECMG 3000 TSRA=
VEDG 011400Z 10005KT 3500 HZ SCT020 BKN090 30/26 Q1002 NOSIG=
VEDG 011330Z 10005KT 3500 HZ SCT020 BKN090 31/26 Q1001 NOSIG=
VEDG 011300Z 12008KT 4000 HZ FEW020 SCT090 31/25 Q1001 NOSIG=
VEDG 011230Z 12009KT 4000 HZ FEW020 BKN080 32/26 Q1001 NOSIG=
VEDG 011200Z 12010KT 4500 HZ FEW020 SCT080 32/26 Q1000 NOSIG=
VEDG 011130Z 14010KT 5000 HZ FEW020 SCT080 33/25 Q1000 NOSIG=
VEDG 011100Z 13008KT 5000 HZ FEW020 SCT080 33/26 Q1000 NOSIG=
VEDG 011030Z 14008KT 5000 HZ FEW020 SCT080 34/26 Q1001 NOSIG=
VEDG 011000Z 14006KT 6000 FEW020 SCT080 33/25 Q1001 BECMG 5000 HZ=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 1, 2022

Classification
Accident

Airline
Spicejet

Flight number
SG-945

Departure
Mumbai, India

Destination
Andal, India

Aircraft Registration
VT-SLH

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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