Friday, April 10, 2015


Turbulence is annoying, but it’s very rarely dangerous. Even in very bumpy air, a plane is seldom displaced in altitude by more than 10 or 20 feet, and usually less.”

Passengers will describe the plane as falling or diving by hundreds or even thousands of feet, when in fact it’s hardly moving.

Only one airplane in history has crashed due directly to turbulence—a BOAC flight in 1966. That was a guy who buzzed Mt. Fuji with a 707 full of passengers just for a thrill.

Complications brought on by stormy weather, especially wind shear, have brought down planes in the past. But Doppler radar now prevents pilots from flying through anything worse than extremely choppy air.

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