'Freak' turbulence on AI flight leaves 3 injured, window panel comes off

Besides Air India aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Aircraft Accident Investigation Board are probing the incident which happened on April 19 soon after the flight took off from Amristar

Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft flying from Amritsar to Delhi ran into severe turbulence on Thursday which caused a window panel to completely fall off.

A senior official of Air India told in Times of India report, "This was a freak high level turbulence".

A probe has since been launched by aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) into the incident.

An air-hostess wanting to resolve the busted window panel in front of travellers that are scared is shown by footage within the airplane.

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Due to the turbulence, a window panel also fell off which caused panic among the passengers.

Almost 240 passengers were on the flight, another official said.

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According to NDTV, the Dreamliner is also fitted with a state-of-the-art turbulence dampening system which is created to counteract the effects of instability during a flight.

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Air India is conducting an inquiry into the incident, a spokesperson said. The outside window did not break and there was no de-pressursation. One of the overhead panels was covered in cracks. Hit by sudden turbulence, 22 passengers and crew onboard the Airbus A-380 had been injured.

According to NDTV portal, preliminary data indicates that "passengers on the airliner encountered up to three times the force of gravity, during the extreme turbulence which took place when the plane was climbing from 8, 000 feet to 21,000 feet, shortly after taking off from Amritsar". One of the injured passengers received stitches after the jet landed safely at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

She then tried to console the passenger while three other passengers were reportedly being treated for minor injuries. Later, they took their connecting flights for onward journey.

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