- 3 injured as Delhi to Amritsar flight faces extreme turbulence
- Video from flight shows panicked passengers, a window layer coming loose
- Passengers reportedly encountered up to three times the force of gravity
One of the injured passengers received stitches after the jet landed safely at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. The video shows the inner layer of a passenger window having come loose while two overhead oxygen masks appear to have fallen when the Dreamliner hit turbulence. The strengthened outer passenger window at the same seat was not dislodged or damaged.
NDTV has learnt that preliminary data indicates that passengers on the airliner encountered upto 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 take off from Amritsar. So strong was the turbulence that the auto-pilot systems in the cockpit tripped after exceeding their design tolerances forcing the pilots to take manual control of the airliner.
Senior Air India air safety experts looking into the incident say "clear air turbulence appears to the preliminary cause". Meteorological reports are being collected. No weather phenomenon of this sort was predicted on the charts." India's aviation watchdog, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is part of the investigations and the Boeing 787 involved in the incident has been grounded. A preliminary engineering analysis suggests there is no structural damage to the aircraft.
"We want to get to the bottom of the severe turbulence to try and understand what happened. An investigation is looking at this. It appears that the actions taken by the pilots and the cabin crew in handling the situation were correct under the circumstances they encountered," said Harpreet AD Singh, the Head of Flight Safety at Air India.