12 Passengers Hurt After Qatar Airways Turbulence Incident

Scary moments unfolded on a recent Qatar Airways turbulence incident that happened on a flight from Doha to Dublin. The plane (QR017) encountered turbulence while flying over Turkey, resulting in injuries to twelve passengers and crew members.

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incident under investigation

The flight landed safely in Dublin, but emergency services were waiting on arrival. Eight people, including six passengers and six crew members, required medical attention and were taken to the hospital for evaluation. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported.

Both Qatar Airways and Dublin Airport authorities are investigating the incident to determine the cause of the turbulence. While the specific type of turbulence is unknown, clear-air turbulence, which is invisible and unpredictable, is a growing concern for air travel.

The rise of bumpy skies due to climate change

Research suggests a possible link between climate change and an increase in severe turbulence, particularly clear-air turbulence. This follows a recent incident involving a Singapore Airlines flight where turbulence resulted in injuries and tragically, one fatality.

While turbulence can be unnerving, it’s important to remember that severe turbulence is still relatively rare. The most important thing you can do as a passenger is follow the crew’s instructions and keep your seatbelt fastened throughout the flight.

Also read: Brace Yourself: Severe Turbulence and Climate Change Go Hand in Hand

Despite this incident, air travel remains incredibly safe. Airlines and aviation authorities prioritise passenger safety and take all possible measures to avoid turbulence. So, while a little bump in the flight can be scary, remember that turbulence is usually a temporary event. By following safety guidelines and staying informed, you can navigate even bumpy skies with confidence.


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