SpiceJet flight averts major mishap after turbulence, watch scary video of near tragedy
A SpiceJet flight on Sunday experienced severe mid-air turbulence while landing. which resulted in cabin luggage falling on the heads of passengers. A video recorded by a flyer and posted on Twitter, displays the scary experience.
The SpiceJet flight, SG-945, was making an attempt to land at Kazi Nazrul Islam airport in West Bengal's Durgapur when it encountered a storm, locally known as Kalbaisakhi. The oxygen masks dropped and luggage fell out of the overhead bins on the passengers, injuring many.
A video of the incident was posted by Yuvraj Sharma. He wrote:" Extreme turbulence in a flight between Mumbai to Durgapur. I can feel what's going on in the minds of passengers when oxygen masks are coming down. Airline was SpiceJet. Again it was B737 MAX. Never travelling in this aircraft. But thankfully no major accident."
Watch video here:
Extreme turbulence in a flight between Mumbai to Durgapur. I can feel what's going on in the minds of passengers when oxygen masks are coming down.— Yuvraj Sharma (@SharmaYuv1) May 1, 2022
Airline was SpiceJet. Again it was B737 MAX.
Never travelling in this aircraft.
But thankfully no major accident. 🙏#SpiceJet pic.twitter.com/j7225Ag0UZ
At least 40 flyers were reported injured, while 10 sustained serious injuries to the head and back.
A passengers while speaking to India Today, said, "There were three jerks while landing. It felt exactly how it feels when cars hit bumpers. We had seat belts on. The belts tore on impact. We jounced on our seats."
Another passenger, identified as Mohammad Iqbal recounted that flyers were tossed about like ragdolls. “It felt like the flight was tilting this way and that. Some people toppled backwards off their seats. Luggage came falling out of the overhead bins, struck people on the head,” he said.
SpiceJet, in an official statement, confirmed the incident and said its flight from Mumbai to Durgapur encountered severe turbulence which resulted in injuries to passengers.
However, there is no confirmation if the Air Traffic Controller or the pilot flying the aircraft were notified about the storm. A probe into the matter is underway.