Turbulence Causes a Window Panel To Fall Off An Indian Aeroplane

Three passengers have been injured on a flight in India that experienced awful turbulence.

Footage has emerged that shows passengers panicking as the Air India plane is buffeted around so much that a window panel fell off - just days after a woman died on an American flight after being sucked out of a window.

The packed plane was rocked by the massive turbulence for more than half of the journey and the 240 passengers on the plane were visibly terrified, with some in tears.

The three passengers who were injured were not seriously hurt but were treated upon landing for minor injuries.

After the plane's window panel fell off an investigation has been launched by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as well as the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB).

The flight was completely full and was travelling between Amritsar to Delhi - a journey that would ordinarily take around 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, the weather was really poor and the turbulence hit the plane very soon after take-off, whilst the plane was only at an altitude of around 15,000 feet.

According to the officials the severe turbulence lasted for about 10 to 12 minutes.

The video, captured from within the plane during the period of turbulence, shows a terrified woman sat in her seat as one of the plane's air hostesses trying to fix the broken window panel.

Credit: ANI
Credit: ANI

Harpreet AD Singh, the Head of Flight Safety at Air India: "We want to get to the bottom of the severe turbulence to try and understand what happened. An investigation is looking at this.

"It appears that the actions taken by the pilots and the cabin crew in handling the situation were correct under the circumstances they encountered."

This ordeal follows a tragic incident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight between New York and Dallas last Tuesday.

While the plane was airborne, a fault occurred in one of the fan blades in the plane's engine. The engine cracked and a piece of shrapnel came through the aircraft window causing a loss of cabin pressure.

As a result of this a woman was partially sucked out of the window, despite the fact that she was wearing her seatbelt.

Forty-three-year-old mum Jennifer Riordan was pulled back into the plane by other passengers but died from her injuries.

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia Airport. No-one else on the plane, which was carrying 149 passengers, was harmed.

Jennifer Riordan. Credit: PA
Jennifer Riordan. Credit: PA

A family statement released after her tragic death read: "Jennifer's vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country.

"Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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