Deadly turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight: how manufacturers prepare for these situations

Tiphaine Dubuard / Photo credits: SILVIO AVILA / AFP

If flying scares you, it’s probably a nightmare scenario for you. A plane caught in an air hole during its journey from London to Singapore has made a dizzying fall of 2,000 meters. Narrowly caught by the pilot, this flight nevertheless left several dozen injured and one died of fear, the victim of a heart attack.

The Boeing 777 has just made an emergency landing. Inside, trays overturned on the floor, parts of the cabin torn off and oxygen masks hanging above the seats. The passengers’ heads were cut and their faces were damaged. At the foot of the aircraft, rescuers are busy in the plane. One dead and dozens injured. A flight attendant says he experienced his worst flight in his 30-year career.

Fourth incident in barely a year

The plane reportedly lost 2,000 meters in less than five minutes. Apocalyptic situations for which aircraft manufacturers are actively preparing, according to aeronautics specialist Xavier Tytelman. “Airbus is currently testing a system in which we have a sort of laser beam which is at the front of the plane and which can see the air currents which rise and fall,” he explains on the microphone of Europe 1.

“Perhaps, in the long term, this will make it possible to have planes which do not wait until they are in turbulence to compensate for it, but which could compensate for it even before experiencing it. And therefore these would be planes without no turbulence.” In barely a year, this is already the fourth time that turbulence has caused serious injuries to passengers. Note that after having landed urgently in Bangkok on Tuesday, the passengers of this plane were able to reach Singapore this Wednesday morning.

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