Plane a chaotic in-flight mess after sudden turbulence

2013-06-04 11:52
London -  A Singapore Airlines flight bound for Heathrow was hit by the a bout of "turbulence from hell" over the weekend. Passengers on board were left surrounded by a chaotic mess after their plane fell 20 metres during the severe turbulence patch.

The Daily Mail reports, 11 passengers and one crew member were injured on flight SQ308 from Singapore to London last Sunday. View the mess that was left, meals strewn across the aisles and coffee on the ceiling after the plane lost altitude.

One of the passengers Alan Cross, posted the images on his instagram profile, stating  it felt "like being in an elevator with a cut cable or free-falling from some amusement park ride".

"Everything that was not tied down, including people, hit the ceiling," Cross said.

The airline told The Australian, "Eleven passengers and one crew member were attended to by medical personnel on arrival at Heathrow Airport. Seat-belt signs were on at the time and meal services had already been suspended."

Within an hour the carnage had been almost completely tidied up and the plane was practically back to normal. Cross commended the cabin crew for how they handled the aftermath, as well as fellow passengers who helped in "a calm and efficient clean-up".

He said crew checked for injuries before cleaning up the mess and gave passengers boxes of chocolates as they departed at Heathrow.

While turbulence are not normally this severe, the report states global warming research indicates climate changes have increased turbulence and that this sort of thing could very well become the norm. 

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