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One dead, 30 reported injured as Singapore Airlines flight hit by turbulence


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You ALWAYS keep your seatbelt fastened when seated. And it doesn’t have to be synched till you cut off blood supply. It just has to keep your head out of the overheads.

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turbulence is a real danger for flight attendants.

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It's a bit of a misleading pic. It's almost impossible to see that Star Alliance plane as a Singapore Airlines aircraft except for the caption. Too easy to see the JAL plane.

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While flying from Singapore to Delhi more than a decade ago, my flight encountered some pretty rough turbulence over the Bay of Bengal and we experienced a sudden drop in altitude. Coincidentally it was late May and I was flying SQ.

That stretch is notorious for Cb clouds during monsoon season, and this is not the first time that such an incident has been recorded.


Sad that a flyer passed away though.

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So why is there a photo of a JAL plane when the article is about a Singapore Airlines plane?

A Singapore Airlines (Star Alliance) plane is behind the JAL plane.

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This is why you stay seated, keep your seatbelt on (even very loose) and DON’T let your kids run up and down the aisles.

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I was once on a P-3 flying from Memphis to California.

The plane captain came on the intercom and stated we were about to hit some rough air and to stay seated and be strapped in ( I already was).

The person seated across from me was wearing their white, service uniform and had just poured a full cup of coffee.

No sooner did the plane captain finish talking, we were watching that cup of coffee in a vertical stream in front of us.

After we hit the bottom of the air pocket, the captain came on again and said:

“In case you were wondering, we just dropped nine thousand feet in ten seconds”.

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This is why cabin crew always advise you to keep your seat belts fastened even when the seat belt sign is off. I've experienced my fair share of rough turbulence and it's not fun. Hope all the passengers on this flight are recovering well and got to their destination okay.

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Don’t try to be the cool kid and wear your seatbelt at all times.

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So why is there a photo of a JAL plane when the article is about a Singapore Airlines plane?

Are we looking at the same photo? It shows the Singapore Airlines plane, which is part of the Star Alliance. The JAL plane only partially obstructs the picture. Do you want it to be blanked out? Look again.

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I'm still amazed how many people don't wear their seat belts but also how airlines just don't keep the seat belt sign on full time. Yes, ok to take off while going to bathroom, but not sitting in the seat.

Turbulence happens sometimes without notice. The flight crew is at most risk.

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Now I'm going to keep my seatbelt fastened.

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Peter NeilMay 21 10:11 pm JST

turbulence is a real danger for flight attendants

Very true. I flew on a plane the day after Lockerbie and tensions were sky high, no pun intended. People were scared to death about a bomb being on the plane and security out of NRT was ridiculous, but that was actually the least of our worries. We hit severe turbulence over the Pacific and one of the flight attendants was thrown to the ceiling and broke her ankle when she fell back to the cabin floor. Talk about us being all shook up, literally! I think I can still see the fingerprints on my bible because I had it gripped so tightly.

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