Air India flight hits severe turbulence; 3 hurt, window panel falls off

NEW DELHI: Air India flight with 240 passengers on board on Thursday experienced severe turbulence and three passengers sustained minor injuries.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner (VT-ANI) was flying from Amritsar to Delhi had a turbulent flight for 10 to 15 minutes during the climb phase from 8,000 feet to 21,000 feet, reported The Times of India.

A window panel also fell off.

“The inside of a window panel (18-A) came off. The outside window did not break and there was no de-pressurization. Passengers were naturally terrified,” TOI quoted sources as saying.

According to reports, one of the passengers was injured as he was not wearing his seatbelt.

“The turbulence on AI 462 was such that the head of a seated passenger, who possibly did not have his seatbelt fastened, hit the overhead cabin because of a bump. The person suffered injuries. Two more had minor injuries,” the sources told TOI.

Meanwhile, Directorate General of Civil Aviation has initiated a probe in this regard.