Monday, February 26

Twelve injured by strong turbulence on a flight between Madrid and Buenos Aires

Twelve passengers have been injured by “severe turbulence” on an Aerolineas Argentinas flight from Madrid while flying over the Atlantic Ocean. Three of the twelve passengers have had to be admitted “for observation” due to minor injuries at the Ezeiza Hospital, while the remaining nine have been treated on the spot by emergency personnel.

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Flight AR1133, with 271 passengers and 13 crew members on board, from Madrid has begun to be affected by turbulence near things in Brazil. The plane landed at the Ezeiza International Airport at 4:30 a.m. (local time), after taking off last night from the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport at 8:21 p.m.

When the aircraft was over the Atlantic Ocean before beginning to fly over Latin America at the height of Recife, when it still had more than five hours of flight ahead of it until it reached Buenos Aires, it ran into “severe turbulence” that has caused an unusual movement inside the cabin. According to the crew, the seat belt indicators were already on and the corresponding announcement had been made for the passengers to remain in their seats.

It was precisely the passengers who were most affected by the turbulence. Three of them have had to be taken to hospital as they were not wearing their seat belts. Before landing in Buenos Aires, the crew requested the intervention of the medical services so that they waited for the arrival of the plane and that the injured could be treated at the airport itself.

After being treated by the emergency services, nine of the twelve affected passengers have been referred to their respective homes, while another three, with various apparently minor injuries, have been transferred to the Ezeiza Hospital for a more exhaustive control. The Airbus A330 with registration LV-FVH, which has the livery of the Argentine Soccer Team for the World Cup in Qatar, has not presented significant damage to its structure, as indicated.

“Turbulence occurs when two air masses of different temperatures or different speeds collide. These can produce sudden movements in the aircraft according to their intensity, although in no way do they put the safety of the plane at risk”, aeronautical sources have explained to Telam. “They are usually common in certain regions and times of the year and in general the planes are alerted to their presence by the aircraft’s meteorological radar and avoid them, although sometimes, due to their magnitude, they have no choice but to confront them and treat them. to overcome them in the least uncomfortable way possible for the passengers”.

Likewise, they have explained that among the most common routes for Argentines, those that pass through the Andes Mountains, those that cross the area of ​​Ecuador, the Amazon and over the Atlantic Ocean, are the most prone to turbulence. “This does not mean that there will always be turbulence. But it can be expected.” The same sources have explained that “most of the time, the flight takes place with just a few moments of very slight turbulence. What happened with this Aerolineas flight is usually the exception.”

LC with agency information