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One dead after severe turbulence hits Singapore Airlines flight

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One person has died on board a Singapore Airlines plane that encountered severe turbulence on a flight from London to Singapore, the airline said Tuesday. (www.cnn.com) More...

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jeffinsydney
jeff slack 10
When? Will passengers finally get it; seat belts are always on when seated.
ColinSeftel
Colin Seftel 9
Well done to the pilots who demonstrated their skill by recovering to stable flight from that situation. Let's also not forget Boeing who designed and built an aircraft able to withstand such severe flight conditions.
It's been reported elsewhere that the severely injured passengers were not wearing seat-belts. Passengers who think that the fasten seat-belt signs don't apply to them should take note.
linbb
linbb 4
Sad deal figured that was the case when flying mine is snug all the time. Used to be a private pilot and didnt have my belt tight enough and hit the roof. Changed that deal never again made sure any pax that few with me did the same.
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 3
I’ve been in some turbulence over the years but nothing like this. This is a good reminder to everyone to fasten their seatbelt snugly whenever your in your seat.
ship64
Ed Dickinson 5
Taxi at 10 mph,"remain seated with your seat belt securely fastened". 38,000 ft and 510 kts, "walk freely around the cabin". I understand using the restroom and flight attendants serving, but is it time to reevaluate?
mltnb
Bryan Milton 2
It would be interesting to see positive suggestions on how to further protect passengers and crew from sudden severe turbulence whilst out of their seat.
The risk of in flight injury per passenger mile flown must be exceedingly low?
rwm
r mic 1
Then we will have more people dying from dvt then every would from turbulence.
Diegodamonkey
On my most recent flight from BNE to YVR..I had to obviously use the washroom….as I sat confined thinking to my self that I would likely not get hurt in such a circumstance do to my size in that compacted in that confined space, I nonetheless thought how a safety strap of some kind could be utilized. For not only the safety aspect, but I’d had to get thrown about with my drawers down if you catch my drift!.
rthornto
Appears better interior design to secure panels is needed - blow out etc. And...always wear seatbelt even when calm.
krisztianr7
Based on the Flightaware data, the plane descended abruptly from 37K level flight to 31K prior to entering the cell that shows on radar. Timing might not be perfect but still intriguing. Was it weather or maybe something else....Downdraft is possible once in the cell but seemed this happened prior.
KicksOnRoute66
FR24 is saying otherwise https://www.flightradar24.com/blog/1-dead-dozens-injured-in-sq321-turbulence/ the 370 to 310 difference was a standard descent. The turbulence event altitude deviation was relatively small, but happened very quickly
DracoVolantis
DracoVolantis 2
"abruptly" being around 10 minutes, and my understanding is that the descent was after or during the time that the turbulence was encountered. It was a controlled descent into another FL.
chandrahas
Is there any warning system in weather Radar to detect turbulence or such sudden change of pressure..??
citguy57
citguy57 3
There is currently no system capable of detecting clear air turbulence. Convective or weather related turbulence is detectable with weather radar to a certain extent.
DracoVolantis
DracoVolantis 3
Apparently this was not a CAT incident. The area was thick with convective turbulence, and some of the activity might have been hidden behind the first visible layer of activity. Blancolirio channel had a good video on this: https://youtu.be/0UYNFthOx1o?si=Q9-7a5qzdkw2VUvF
PhilipRand
Philip Rand -3
I wonder if this air pocket is a direct result of climate change, as one radio comentater here in Italy seemed to suggest.
ColinSeftel
Colin Seftel 2
Only indirectly, because rising atmospheric temperatures makes turbulence more frequent.
PhilipRand
Philip Rand 1
and are intense?
alexa320
alex hidveghy 4
Look up ITCZ for more info in that region!
Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone.
International pilots know all about this, as do I…..
SBarrington
Do tell...
alexa320
Try Google or Wikipedia. I hear those are good sources to start with.
I’m sure you're capable, right?
DracoVolantis
DracoVolantis 2
These days, there seems to be a policy in newsrooms that *ANY* weather-related news MUST include the note that it was "probably caused by human-induced climate change".
alexa320
alex hidveghy 2
Well, FWIW, I have not come across ANY reliable media reports (comics excluded and you know who they are). That have even mentioned climate change in relation to the SQ incident! You may want to look up ITCZ for more clues…….
Most is common sense but some people don’t have much of that either……
SBarrington
Please elaborate, blowhard...
alexa320
Are you feeling alright? Or just a bit stoned?
Asking for a friend……
alexa320
alex hidveghy 2
That was a professor at Reading University theorizing about climate change - NOT the newsroom or CNN! It’s very clear if you can read and understand English……the CNN report mentioned it. That’s all. Not anyone’s policy as you intimated.
zebora
CNN only talk to climate changers, Reading University, so what???
alexa320
alex hidveghy 1
So what? Did you even read the article? Slowly? Tell me what it says. Word for word in that paragraph.
Your ruse isn’t working. Mountain out of a mole hill……
SBarrington
GSAD pal...

...your attitude sucks.
alexa320
But yours is clearly above board? Gotcha.
malmsten
Absolutely correct. Too much rain? Must be climate change. Too little rain? Must be climate change.

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