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  • "About 30 minutes out ...  Out of nowhere, they felt a huge drop, a freefall,… Sent people flying… "
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Extreme turbulence on American Airlines flight sends 10 on board to hospital

 

Turbulence on a transcontinental American Airlines flight from Athens to Philadelphia on Saturday became so severe that at least 10 people on board were hospitalized, a spokesperson from the airline confirmed to ABC News.

Passengers on board American Airlines flight 759, which landed safely in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, described people on board "hitting the ceiling" as a result of the plane shaking and dropping in altitude.

"Thirty minutes out. They were giving us our drinks. The flight attendants were in the last couple rows when they said 'fasten your seat belts.' And then they said for the flight attendants to get to their seats, and they didn't even have time. It started shaking, then it took a big drop. Babies screaming, people in front of us hitting the ceiling," Ian Smith of South Philadelphia told ABC affiliate WPVI.

Video at link worth the look!

SOURCE: http://abcnews.go.com/US/extreme-turbulence-american-airlines-flight-sends-10-board/story?id=49064208

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Sounds like a high speed stall caused by by sudden wind change, with all this freaky weather today...

:blueguy:

Edited by Chopper148
Add personnel expirence ie: 30+ years flying choppers...

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22 minutes ago, apache54 said:

looks like a BIG down draft caused by storms in the area, I hit one and dropped 1500 feet in a heart beat!! 

Crossed the Pacific in a 747 and hit a healthy downdraft. Nothing like 1500', but it'll damn well get your attention.

People, do you buckle up in your driveway, then unbuckle 2 blocks down the road?? :blink: Like the 4wd motto, "Sit down, shut up, strap in, and hold on!"

 

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1 minute ago, COBO Member said:

Crossed the Pacific in a 747 and hit a healthy downdraft. Nothing like 1500', but it'll damn well get your attention.

People, do you buckle up in your driveway, then unbuckle 2 blocks down the road?? :blink: Like the 4wd motto, "Sit down, shut up, strap in, and hold on!"

 

I was the pilot and it was only me and so i was strapped in and IF not probably would have crashed, was just on a pleasure flight for hours on the books!!

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There are several articles from recent publications re: the increase in turbulence -- blamed on "climate change" (but then, what is the cause of the climate change?)

 

Buckle up! Climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence

...

This study is the first ever to examine the future of severe turbulence, which causes planes to undergo random up-and-down motions that are stronger than gravity. Passengers are forced violently against their seat belts, any unsecured objects are tossed about, and food service and walking are impossible.

The study examines several different turbulence strength levels, to investigate how they will each change in future. The results show that the average amount of light turbulence in the atmosphere will increase by 59%, with light-to-moderate turbulence increasing by 75%, moderate by 94%, moderate-to-severe by 127%, and severe by 149%.

The reason for the increases is that climate change is generating stronger wind shears within the jet stream. The wind shears can become unstable and are a major cause of turbulence. ...

SOURCE:  https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/ioap-bu032617.php

other sources:  

Air Turbulence Set to Increase by 2050: http://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/trip-doctor-air-turbulence-set-to-increase-by-2050

Climate change 'to increase turbulence, flight times and fares': http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/climate-change-to-increase-turbulence-flight-times-and-costs/

Increase In Severe Air Turbulence Could Lead To Pricier Flights: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/04/29/increase-in-severe-air-turbulence-could-lead-to-pricier-flights/

Supercomputer models show severe turbulence will increase with climate change: https://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/supercomputer-models-show-severe-turbulence-will-increase-climate-change.html

Many others, just search!

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4 minutes ago, One Step Away said:

There are several articles from recent publications re: the increase in turbulence -- blamed on "climate change" (but then, what is the cause of the climate change?)

 

Buckle up! Climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence

...

This study is the first ever to examine the future of severe turbulence, which causes planes to undergo random up-and-down motions that are stronger than gravity. Passengers are forced violently against their seat belts, any unsecured objects are tossed about, and food service and walking are impossible.

The study examines several different turbulence strength levels, to investigate how they will each change in future. The results show that the average amount of light turbulence in the atmosphere will increase by 59%, with light-to-moderate turbulence increasing by 75%, moderate by 94%, moderate-to-severe by 127%, and severe by 149%.

The reason for the increases is that climate change is generating stronger wind shears within the jet stream. The wind shears can become unstable and are a major cause of turbulence. ...

SOURCE:  https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/ioap-bu032617.php

other sources:  

Air Turbulence Set to Increase by 2050: http://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/trip-doctor-air-turbulence-set-to-increase-by-2050

Climate change 'to increase turbulence, flight times and fares': http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/climate-change-to-increase-turbulence-flight-times-and-costs/

Increase In Severe Air Turbulence Could Lead To Pricier Flights: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/04/29/increase-in-severe-air-turbulence-could-lead-to-pricier-flights/

Supercomputer models show severe turbulence will increase with climate change: https://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/supercomputer-models-show-severe-turbulence-will-increase-climate-change.html

Many others, just search!

:goodpost:=======:iagree:===== just another reason i am VERY leery of travel of any sorts ( some vehicle type is ok depends on where and when) , flying the most is NOT!:girl-says-no-no-smiley-emoticon:

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4 minutes ago, apache54 said:

:goodpost:=======:iagree:===== just another reason i am VERY leery of travel of any sorts ( some vehicle type is ok depends on where and when) , flying the most is NOT!:girl-says-no-no-smiley-emoticon:

Is there not a way that weather radar in the planes can detect up/down drafts or wind shear?

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I'll lay something on you 

I think people's horrible attitudes are effecting everything 

even turbulence, all I see these days are angry faces 

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6 minutes ago, GT500 said:

My flying days are long over, the World changed 

the only way I know how to arrive safely is if I'm driving..

Back in my younger days, it used to take me 28-29 hours to make the drive from San Diego to just outside KC. 

Today, flying's just too convenient (especially if it's an AMC, formerly MAC or a Patriot Express flight) for me to put wear and tear on the vehicle, not to mention these old joints and bones.

It's the same old song. I stand more of a chance getting killed out on the road than in an aircraft.

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1 minute ago, COBO Member said:

Back in my younger days, it used to take me 28-29 hours to make the drive from San Diego to just outside KC. 

Today, flying's just too convenient (especially if it's an AMC, formerly MAC or a Patriot Express flight) for me to put wear and tear on the vehicle, not to mention these old joints and bones.

It's the same old song. I stand more of a chance getting killed out on the road than in an aircraft.

Both are very dangerous 

I don't feel safe up there anymore, all part of "their" plan 

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