10 Surprising Facts about Turbulence
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10 Surprising Facts about Turbulence

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Knowing what pilots know about flight turbulence can sooth nerves when flights hit bumpy air. Here, T+L shares several facts from a cockpit veteran with 20 years of experience.

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Fact: Turbulence is the leading cause of nonfatal aviation accidents every year. From 1980 through 2008, NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) reported at least 298 serious injuries due to turbulence. Of those 298, 184 involved flight attendants and 114 involved passengers, with three of those suffering fatal injuries. After further investigation, it was determined that two of the three who died weren’t wearing their seat belts when the seat belt sign was illuminated.

What it means for you: Pilots always wear their seat belts. Whenever we get up to use the lavatory, we’re not considered to be back in our seat until our seat belt is securely fastened. It’s always a good idea to wear your seat belt, even when the seat belt sign is turned off.

10 Surprising Facts about Turbulence

Fact: Turbulence is the leading cause of nonfatal aviation accidents every year. From 1980 through 2008, NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) reported at least 298 serious injuries due to turbulence. Of those 298, 184 involved flight attendants and 114 involved passengers, with three of those suffering fatal injuries. After further investigation, it was determined that two of the three who died weren’t wearing their seat belts when the seat belt sign was illuminated.

What it means for you: Pilots always wear their seat belts. Whenever we get up to use the lavatory, we’re not considered to be back in our seat until our seat belt is securely fastened. It’s always a good idea to wear your seat belt, even when the seat belt sign is turned off.

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