Qatar Airways: 12 injured during turbulence on Doha-Dublin flight

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A Qatar Airways flight from Doha, Qatar to Dublin, Ireland, crashed in Turkey, injuring 12 people.



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A Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dublin was hit by turbulence on Sunday, injuring 12 people.

The plane, which landed in Dublin just before 1pm local time, was met by emergency services including airport police and the fire and rescue department.

According to a statement from Dublin Airport, six passengers and six crew members were injured in the incident, eight of whom were taken to hospital following evaluation. Qatar Airways flight QR017 encountered turbulence while flying over Turkey, the statement said.

Dublin Airport said it was assisting passengers and staff and that operations were unaffected. The return flight to Doha, QR018, is scheduled to depart as expected, although its departure will be delayed, the airport said.

In a statement to CNN, Qatar Airways said the flight landed safely in Dublin, but “a small number of passengers and crew sustained minor injuries on board and are currently receiving medical treatment”.

“This matter is now subject to an internal investigation,” the statement continued. “The safety and security of our passengers and crew is our priority.”

It comes days after 104 passengers were injured and one person died of a heart attack Singapore Airlines flight That’s when severe turbulence hit.

Flight SQ321 from London to Singapore was flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet on Tuesday. During the flight fell hard before climbing Several hundred feet according to flight tracking data. It dipped again and again and went up for about a minute.

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About 65,000 flights in the United States encounter moderate turbulence each year, and about 5,500 operate in severe turbulence. However, these numbers may be destined to grow.

Paul Williams, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, told CNN in 2022 that he believes climate change is altering turbulence.

“We ran some computer simulations and found that extreme turbulence could double or even triple in the coming decades,” Williams said.

The findings, later confirmed by observations, highlight a type of turbulence called “clear air turbulence” that is not associated with any visual clues such as storms or clouds. Unlike regular turbulence, it strikes suddenly and is difficult to avoid.

Singapore Airlines said the flight experienced sudden turbulence. A spokesman said on Sunday that its investigations were ongoing. An earlier CNN analysis of satellite data showed the plane had entered an area of ​​thunderstorms that would create turbulence.

It is not yet known what kind of turbulence the Qatar Airways flight encountered.

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that the cause of the turbulence that hit the Singapore Airlines flight has not yet been determined and investigations are ongoing. An earlier version also misstated the number of Qatar Airways flights that experienced turbulence. It was flight QR017.

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