New Delhi: Two Air India planes were struck by intense turbulence this week, damaging the aircraft and in one case, injuring the cabin crew. An Air India plane from Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram, via Kochi with 172 passengers on board was hit by the turbulence on Friday and was made confirm on Saturday.
No injury to any passenger or crew has been reported, he said, adding Air India’s safety department has carried out a detailed investigation.
According to reports, when the aircraft hit turbulence, inflight meal services were on. There was no warning to stop the services and all of a sudden the meal trays tumbled off creating a mess on the aisle and triggering panic among the flyers. The aircraft reportedly dropped so suddenly that a commode in one of the lavatories came off. Cabin crew sustained injuries.
“Air India’s flight AI 048 hit air turbulence when it was on the way from Kochi to Trivandrum. Though no injury has been reported, the A321 aircraft suffered minor damages. It was grounded immediately after landing for inspection. Due to this, the return flight was delayed by nearly four hours,” an official said
Dhananjay Kumar- Air India spokesperson confirmed that turbulence suffered by the Delhi-Vijayawada flight will be investigated in the coming week.