Air India flight passengers injured after turbulance, window panel damaged
New Delhi : An Air India flight from Amritsar to New Delhi on April 19 faced an unusual turbulance leaving at least three passengers injured and window panel falling off the plane.
The airlines and aviation agencies have initiated probe to find out reason behind such turbulance that lasted for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
"The turbulence on AI 462 was such that the head of a seated passenger, who possibly did not have his seat belt fastened, hit the overhead cabin because of a bump. The person suffered injuries. Two more had minor injuries. The inside of a window panel (18-A) came off. The outside window did not break and there was no de-pressursation. Passengers were naturally terrified," Times of India quoted sources.
Oxygen masks also dropped for some seats during the turbulant phase of the flight. “This was a freak high level turbulence. AI and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing it,” said a senior AI official.
The injured passengers were rushed to a nearby hospital after flight landed safely in Delhi.
“Our emergency response and angels took care of the three injured passengers who were taken to a hospital on landing in Delhi. The passenger whose head hit the overhead panel got stitches. Two passengers suffered minor injuries. They are all fine and took their connecting flights after getting the first aid. The passenger who got stitches said he felt ok and the doctors said he could travel. Our angels were with him throughout,” said the official.