Severe turbulence injures five

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  1. rwoman
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    CNN: Severe turbulence injures five

    Good reason to pay attention to the seat belt sign!! It sounds like it was unexpected.

     
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    Good reason to get rid of those CRJs...
     
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    This was on a 737.
     
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    An RJ from Houston to NYC, that alone is bad enough.
     
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    Still a good reason to get rid of those CRJs...
     
  6. ssullivan
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    But it wasn't an RJ.
     
  7. ssullivan
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    Not going to argue with you on that, as I hate the CRJ, but it's not really relevant to this particular situation.
     
  8. chitownflyer
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    One potentially unpleasant aspect of flying is turbulence which can strike almost any time and without warning, but flying and traveling are such a great endeavor that should always be pursued nonetheless.
     
  9. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I always wear my seat belt when I am seated. But nevertheless I am probably more likely to be hurt by "unexpected turbulence" during my daily 6 mile commute than while flying.
     
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    The most dangerous form of transit is via automobile. The worst type of turbulence is the unexpected type where suddenly the plane drops or encounters it out of nowhere.
     
  11. kyunbit
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    Am I the only one who enjoys turbulence? I get no feel of being on a plane on bigger flights..Only the CRJs in turbulence give such a feeling.
     
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    Plus a good reason to always buy a seat for your little ones, even lap-child options are available. Imagine trying to hold a six month old through such turbulence?
     
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    Oh, and get rid of the RJs too! ;)
     
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    My kids sure do!

    It doesn't bother me. I'd rather a smooth flight, much like I prefer a smooth road...while others like bumpier routes!

    As to getting scared, has turbulence at cruising attitude ever brought down a commercial airliner?

    The AA a300 at jfk right after 9/11 got caught in wake turbulence, but the pilots overdid it with the rudder too, iirc. And that was shortly after takeoff.
     
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    I think the implication is that the 737 is the moral equivalent of an RJ ...
     
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    Ditto! +1!:)
     
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    When will the lawsuit be filed over this? I give the over/under on 2 months (after all the B6 pilot incident just had a suit filed over it ).
     
  18. uggboy
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    Yes, sometimes the whole world feels like a big lawsuit!;)
     
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    There is turbulence and then there is SEVERE turbulence. A colleague reported to me that he was on a mainline flight which hit severe turbulence when he was walking up the aisle. On the drop, his feet literally left the ground and he fell on the people in the aisle and middle seats of the row he happened to be walking by. Spilled drinks all over the cabin, and one guy dropped his ipad. A FA also fell down, but was ok. Not pleasant.
     
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    yes, I have never been in severe turbulence. But I do "enjoy" some normal turbulence every once in a while as long as I don't have a full cup of HOT coffee on my tray table... Or a glass of red wine. Or my seat mate has one of those.
     
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    friggin RJs....
     
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    Sorry to hear about that. I enjoy turbulence as long as I am strapped to my seat.
     
  23. kansaskeith

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    Actually a news story I read on this week's case, from some Fox affiliate out of Texas, was that this was categorized as "extreme" turbulence, which is the highest level, and one level above "severe." I have experienced "severe" one time - also coming out of Texas on a stormy day as was this one. It was a day after Christmas 2008, and there were a lot of families with small children on board returning home from the holiday. When it hit, a flight attendant up and about just behind first class braced herself between seats, turned back toward coach and yelled at the top of her lungs, "LADIES, HOLD YOUR BABIES, TIGHT! NOW!" It was a nasty situation indeed.

    An off-duty commuter pilot was sitting nearby and quickly explained to me that what we had just been through met "severe" for two reasons: one that he could hear some sort of fuselage buffeting from his window seat, and two that his butt bounced around above the seat to the extent his seat belt allowed (he was a relatively slightly built guy, I hadn't noticed that in my own seat, though it certainly was really bad). Anyway, he said that - at least with his airline - the plane would have to be taken out of service for inspection when we reached our destination (Wichita). I later found that AA had done exactly that, cancelling the return leg to DFW that afternoon.

    There were no injuries and no one bounced against the ceiling on our flight, perhaps because of the chilling call for women to hold their babies tight. If ours was "severe," I would hate to go one step up as this week's flight was, to "extreme."

    And please folks, try to realize that neither my flight described above (M80) or the one this week (737) was an RJ!
     
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    Years ago I was on a flight (DC-1) and witnessed a full drink carts wheels even with the seat. That was a white knuckle kind of day.
     
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    A DC-10, correct? Either that or it was a LOT of "years ago," hehheh.
     

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