Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Is turbulence dangerous? How to behave during turbulence?

On Tuesday, May 21, during the flight the plane, which had 211 passengers and 18 crew members on board, resulted in the death of one person and the injury of 70 others.

A few days later, Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner QR017 and , also . The turbulence was so strong that .

Qatar Airways issued a statement saying that a small number of passengers and crew suffered minor injuries during the flight and were treated after landing at Dublin Airport. It also added that the incident, which occurred in the air, is currently under internal investigation.

in aviation there are and it should be emphasized that, as in the case of the described Singapore Airlines Boeing flight from London to Singapore.

” is nothing more than . During a flight, an aircraft may be in areas of air that move at a different speed. This causes the light air turbulence you are familiar with. One of the most common reasons why an aircraft encounters turbulence is . It is nothing other than warmed by the sun and thinner air rising,” experts inform on the website.

Turbulence can also be caused by . Then changes in air speed, temperature and density largely contribute to air turbulence and therefore turbulence.

“Another factor of turbulence is . The air encountering an obstacle is forced to change direction, resulting in vortices and turbulence” – explain experts from LOT.

Of course, it is possible to predict where the risk of turbulence will occur during the flight, which is why the pilots of the machine receive such information before take-off. You can then slightly change the flight course, speed and altitude to successfully avoid air turbulence.

can be divided into, depending on the causes that influence their formation.

We are dealing with convection currents, therefore. “The air masses heated by the sun become rarer and therefore begin to rise in the surroundings of denser and cooler air. This causes the above-mentioned phenomenon to occur,” explains LOT.

In turn, they have a place, i.e. uneven terrain. Air masses that encounter an obstacle, e.g. the above-mentioned mountains, create vortices that increase the likelihood of turbulence.

is a very interesting phenomenon because it occurs when atmospheric conditions do not indicate that it is likely to occur. Even if the sky is clear, such turbulence can occur at high altitudes close to jet streams, and they are caused by air turbulence and differences in wind speed.

Other types of turbulence also include .

, especially those who have a fear of flying or travel by plane very rarely. And although sometimes there are extreme incidents in which passengers are injured as a result of turbulence, still .

“. Turbulence is a completely normal and ubiquitous factor, and its . It can be compared to driving a car on an uneven asphalt surface. This phenomenon is not dangerous, and pilots know how to avoid its most intense areas. It is also good to keep seat belts fastened during the entire flight , in case unexpected turbulence occurs. I hope that when you encounter another turbulence, you will no longer have reasons to worry!'' – LOT reassures on its website.

Moreover, as LOT Polish Airlines informs, aimed at minimizing the impact of turbulence on .

It is possible that when traveling by plane, . In such a situation, the first thing you should do is: Before an aircraft enters an area of ​​air turbulence, turbulence may generally occur.

During turbulence you should: We should then avoid going to the toilet and using electronic devices, which may fall out of our hands in the event of strong turbulence and pose a threat to other passengers.