The latest mid-flight emergency features an Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner in which the turbulence cracked the jet’s window on April 19 and left many of the 240 passengers on board in tears and anxiety.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner with registration ‘VT-ANI’ had a very turbulent flight for 10 to 15 minutes during climb phase from 8,000 feet to 21,000 feet on, the cause of which is being probed by the airline and aviation agencies.
It was reported that the turbulence lasted for almost half of the journey injuring at least three people.
The video footage shows the window panel falling off. The inside panel of the window fell off, but the outside panel remained intact — which meant there was no depressurization of air, and no risk of anything or anyone being sucked out through the window.
“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,” said sources.
Dramatic footage inside the plane shows a flight attendant attempting to fix the damaged window panel in front of scared passengers.