Three passengers injured, window broken after Air India plane hits severe turbulence


Three passengers were treated for minor injuries on arrival.

An investigation into the incident has now been launched by aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB).

The Boeing 787 was travelling from Amritsar and Delhi last Thursday when it experienced more than 10 minutes of turbulence, The Times of India reported.

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In a video released by news agency ANI, an air hostess onboard Boeing 787 Dreamliner (VTANI) is seen fixing the window panel which fell on a woman passenger. The DGCA, has, however, begun the probe.

TERRIFIED passengers had been left fearing for his or her lives when turbulence cracked a jet's window - hours after a girl died after she was sucked out of one other aircraft.

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Senior Air India air safety experts looking into the incident said "clear air turbulence appears to the preliminary cause", according to NDTV. "A window panel inside the plane also came off when the flight experienced turbulence", the officials said.

Sources said there was no damage to the outside window and there was no de-pressurisation. The video also shows two overhead oxygen masks dangling from overhead module, having fallen when the Dreamliner hit turbulence.

According to reports, one of the passengers was injured as he was not wearing his seatbelt. Later, they took their connecting flights for onward journey.

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"The duration of Amritsar-Delhi flight is about 35 minutes and on April 19, the flight was full with over 240 passengers", another official said. The incident has been described as a "freak kind of severe turbulence". The passenger whose head hit the overhead panel got stitches.