Rapid Change in Gravitational Force Caused Altitude Drop on Singapore Airlines Flight
 General News
Wednesday 29th, May 2024
A Singapore Airlines flight was hit by severe turbulence, resulting in a dramatic change in gravitational force and a sudden altitude drop, according to an investigation by the Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB). The incident occurred during a routine flight, and the findings were detailed in a report by the TSIB.

The turbulence caused the vertical acceleration to shift from negative 1.5G to positive 1.5G within four seconds. The TSIB explained, "The vertical acceleration changed from negative 1.5G to positive 1.5G within 4 seconds. This likely resulted in the occupants who were airborne to fall back down."

Over a duration of 4.6 seconds, the aircraft experienced an altitude drop of 54 metres, descending from 11,391 metres to 11,337 metres. The TSIB noted, "The rapid changes in G over the 4.6 seconds duration resulted in an altitude drop of 178ft (54m), from 37,362ft to 37,184ft. This sequence of events likely caused the injuries to the crew and passengers."

As a response to the increasing concerns about in-flight turbulence, Hong Kong's Greater Bay Airlines announced a new safety measure on Wednesday. The airline will now require passengers to fasten their seatbelts at all times during flights, even when the seatbelt sign is off. This policy, which takes effect on Thursday, aims to enhance passenger safety by mitigating the risks associated with unexpected turbulence.

There is no doubt much more to come from the investigations ongoing about what caused a Singapore airline to drop suddenly causing the death of one person and injuring many others.
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