Air India flight hits severe turbulence; 3 hurt, window panel falls off

Air India flight hits severe turbulence; 3 hurt, window panel falls off
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NEW DELHI: Air India flight with 240 passengers on board on Thursday experienced severe turbulence and three passengers sustained minor injuries.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner (VT-ANI) was flying from Amritsar to Delhi had a turbulent flight for 10 to 15 minutes during the climb phase from 8,000 feet to 21,000 feet, reported The Times of India.

A window panel also fell off.

“The inside of a window panel (18-A) came off. The outside window did not break and there was no de-pressurization. Passengers were naturally terrified,” TOI quoted sources as saying.

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According to reports, one of the passengers was injured as he was not wearing his seatbelt.

“The turbulence on AI 462 was such that the head of a seated passenger, who possibly did not have his seatbelt fastened, hit the overhead cabin because of a bump. The person suffered injuries. Two more had minor injuries,” the sources told TOI.

Meanwhile, Directorate General of Civil Aviation has initiated a probe in this regard.