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JAL Air Turbulence: Injuries Reported  
User currently offlineFrequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

A JAL 747-400 carrying 500+ passengers hit severe turbulence and injuries have been reported. Flight was Fukuoka to Tokyo's Haneda airport.


Is it just me or does it seem that JAL experiences quite a bit injuries caused by turbulence?

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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

Asian skies can be very unfriendly.

User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

I flew HKG-SFO on Cathay Pacific on October 20th, the day before this incident. We hit some bad turbulence at 33,000 ft above Japan related to this same weather system. The pilot had the crew sit down for about 5-7 minutes but there were only a few severe pockets. The isobars on the weather map were really tightly packed related to the strong cold front.


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User currently offlineBigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

3 People sent into hospitals.

The plane was flying over Nagoya when the turbulance occurs.

Central Japan, near Nagoya is the "famous" area for turbulances. JAL MD11 flew into this area 3 years ago (I think) and got 1 crew killed. The death was actually due to pilot "mis-controlling the plane during the turbulance".

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

A JAL 747-400 carrying 500+ passengers hit severe turbulence

I had always been told that severe turbulence is the kind where the aircraft doesn't survive through it. Sounds like a case of moderate turbulence to me...


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

Is it just me or does it seem that JAL experiences quite a bit injuries caused by turbulence?

Why do you say that? All aircraft encountering turbulence normally results is a number of injuries of varying numbers... depending on whether the flight crew had any forewarning. If it is CAT (clear air turbulence), chances are no one's seat belts were fastened as there is little warning for such occurences.

However, if its storm clouds, the visual signs are enough to make a monkey lluminate the seatbelt sign.

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User currently offlineDuff From New Zealand, joined Oct 2001, 117 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

Actually Ryanair!!!. I tend to agree with Frequentflyer5's comments regarding JAL and turbulence. However, I think it's due to bad luck more than anything else.

User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

Unfortunately Turbulence sometimes comes out of nowhere. I reported back a few months ago on CO 11 from Paris that we were about 45 min from landing when the plane just fell, the radar screens showed nothing, nothing at all until we were in it.


User currently offlineZanadou From South Korea, joined Nov 2000, 342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

More info from The Japan Times:

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