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Airline Turbulence: Staying Safe in the Air

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If you have flown more than a few flights... you have most likely had at least one bumpy flight when the plane felt like a car on a rough road... with the plane having rolled from side to side and/or bounced up and down.

This is called turbulence... and it can certainly scare less seasoned travelers. If the turbulence is bad enough... it can scare anyone and everyone on the airplane.

Meteorologists and climatologists define turbulence as a state of fluid flow in which the instantaneous velocities exhibit irregular and apparently random fluctuations. A simpler way of putting it... air flow is chaotic and large changes in speed occur.

Those chaotic fluctuations of the air create the bumps. 

Turbulence can shake any airplane... no matter how big or small.

On board Air Force One June 12, 1996... the Boeing 747 with President Clinton aboard was cruising at 33,000 feet about 30 miles west of Lubbock... Texas... when it hit violent turbulence that injured one passenger.

At the same time high wind and hail forced controllers to evacuate the tower at the Lubbock airport.

Scientists concluded that Air Force One was shaken when it flew into an area of violent updrafts and downdrafts near a thunderstorm... probably the one that forced the evacuation of the Lubbock tower.

So here's the catch... 99% of turbulence injuries are from unfastened seatbelts or falling luggage.

So some flying and turbulence weather related advice this morning... it is important as much as possible... and always when your airline pilot says turbulence is possible... to keep your seatbelt on. Also... Making sure all bins are closed and stay well shut and closed during flight if they have been opened.

Have a great Wednesday!

 

 

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