Air Europa Boeing lands in Brazil after severe turbulence

Air Europa Boeing lands in Brazil after severe turbulence
Air Europa Boeing lands in Brazil after severe turbulence

The 787-9 Dreamliner of the Spanish company Air Europa, an aircraft of the American manufacturer Boeing, carrying 325 passengers, suffered an incident during a flight from Madrid. “Severe turbulence” forced it to make an emergency landing in Brazil.

“Severe turbulence” on an Air Europa flight

According to Le Parisien, while the Boeing was due to make its journey from Madrid to Montevideo, severe turbulence forced it to deviate from its initial route to reach the city of Natal, in the northeast of Brazil. The airline Air Europa indicates that the plane landed ” Normally» Monday, July 1, 2024.

In detail, the landing took place at 7:42 a.m. Paris time and 2:42 a.m. local time, according to the statement sent to the Natal International Airport administration. According to another statement published on the social network X: “Natal was the fastest airport to handle passengers with medical needs ».

A passenger on the famous flight told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo that the plane had “a very slight turbulence” before suddenly falling and lifting the passengers who were not wearing seat belts. According to the same source, the incident lasted 3 to 5 seconds.

What about injured passengers?

According to the same source, the latest report of the accident states that “seven injured of various kinds” as well as passengers “suffering from minor bruises».

« It was quite a horrible feeling; we thought we were going to die there, but thank God it didn’t happen.“, one of the passengers on the flight told the American channel CNN.

But according to the Brazilian State Health Secretariat, the 40 passengers suffering from minor injuries were transferred to the nearest hospitals. Some of them were hospitalized on Tuesday, July 2. Still according to the same source, “All people in need of medical assistance are taken care of in the centres of Natal».

The company responded immediately and said that the plane in question had been placed “in review to determine the extent of the damage” and said that another plane was due to leave Madrid this afternoon to pick up the passengers transferred to the city of Recife in order to “continue the journey to Uruguay».

Increasing turbulence at Boeing?

This type of accident is not an isolated case, as the number of air accidents has increased drastically. During the month of May, a 73-year-old British man died while many passengers were seriously injured during a Singapore Airlines flight on board a Boeing 777.

According to a 2023 study, the annual duration of turbulence has increased by 17% between 1979 and 2020. More severe but rarer turbulence has increased by 50%. Scientists believe that the increase in in-flight turbulence is closely linked to climate change.

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