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SQ Flight Hits Heavy Turbulence En Route To LHR

Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:23 pm

Tried to search the forum, but could not find anything about this incident.

Singapore Airlines flight SQ308 experienced moderate to severe turbulence en route from Singapore to London on 26 May.

The plane hit turbulence shortly after breakfast was served, and the result was culinary carnage.

Eleven passengers and one crew member sustained minor injuries when the aircraft experienced a sudden loss of altitude and were attended to by medical personnel on arrival at Heathrow Airport.

Article from cnn.com: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/05/tr.../index.html?hpt=travel_hp_blogroll

Surely this A380 must have been knocked around and fallen more than just those 20 meters?
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:31 pm

Sounds like no matter what you ordered, you got scrambled eggs for breakfast on that flight.
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:44 pm

Wonder what the impact was in premium classes with heavier crockery and cutlery on the loose?!

Hate to be showering in an EK A380 and experience that kind of rough-and-tumble.
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Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:45 pm

Fox News reported here in the US that many pax helped the cabin crew clean up the mess and that all pax received a box of "high end" chocolates upon arrival in LHR. Classy move by both the pax and SQ.
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:44 pm

How strong must the turbulence be to really move an A380? I would imagine very.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:30 am

Great to see SQ brighten up the day for passengers The mess was cleaned up soon after and passengers were given chocolate gifts on landing in London.

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Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:43 am

Great to see smiling pax on landing. I can't imagine how scary it might have been. Seems like super intense clear air turbulence to have that kind of an impact on a mammoth plane like the A380. It is also a testament to how strong airframes are actually.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:41 am

The gift chocolates upon arrival is a very nice move by SQ. Nothing would sooth my turbulence jitters like a few luxury Belgian chocs. melting in my mouth. Luckily my wife works for Godiva!
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:47 am

What was the equipment type?
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:59 am

Quoting longhaul67 (Thread starter):
Surely this A380 must have been knocked around and fallen more than just those 20 meters?

20 meters like a drop off of a 6 story building.
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:12 am

Quoting 757Guy (Reply 8):

What was the equipment type?

It was an A380, registration 9V-SKH.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:31 am

Turbulence doesn't give a rats a$$ about manufacturer.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:41 am

Damn that would be scary seeing the wings shake so much seeing how solid they are on the ground, I don't want to find out how flexible they are in the air due to turbulence.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:15 am

^
Or this one: http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19930331-0

Some turbulence out there is just plain nasty. Enjoy those mountain wave rotors folks.
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:16 am

Dear all,
This is my first post to airliners.net, so I hope this provides a little insight.
I have been a fan of this site for many years, but decided today was the day to make the leap and become a member.
As a passenger on SQ308 last Sunday seats 38C and 39B. My wife and I witnessed first hand what was a interesting experience!
In photo number two of the CNN report, we are sat two rows in front of the chap in the white t-shirt.
On photo number 8, it is actually my wife an I laughing as we were handed a box of chocolates (me in the white t-shirt, my wife just in front of me in the black top).
To give you a first hand account of what happened.....a little different to the media version, everything was progressing normally with the flight from Singapore, and we had been warned of possible turbulence a couple of hours after departure.
Breakfast had just been served (a choice of noodles or scrambled eggs with chicken sausage), both of which we declined the offer of, when the pilot asked the cabin crew to take their seats, but not abruptly as reported.
As passengers, we had already been restricted by the seat belt sign for approximately ten minutes.
A couple of minutes after the crew sat down, the aircraft veered upwards slightly before plummeting straight down for a couple of seconds.
Every meal tray smashed into the ceiling, showering all passengers in food, broken glass and cutlery (of which SIA still use metal as opposed to cheap unusable plastic utensils). Thankfully we had opted out of the food service, as did the passenger in 38A, so we escaped being covered in cornflakes, eggs and noodles. I was hit by a half eaten bread roll and a smidgen of yogurt, whilst my wife took a chicken sausage to the foot and some scrambled eggs filled her shoes (which somehow ended up in the aisle), all of which confirmed why we decided not to eat!!
The aircraft was a complete mess, people were screaming, crying and generally panicking. A couple of people stood up in our section of the cabin, which I suppose is a natural shock reaction, but a few of us shouted at them to sit back down.
A chap two rows in front of us had some kind of travel bag around his neck which ended up a row behind us in the aisle. I remember him having it as he had earlier walked past with a spoon poking from the top of it. This signals how sudden and violent the drop was.
Within two minutes of the incident, the cabin crew came through the cabin checking everyone was ok, there were several announcements for them to exercise caution whilst doing so, and they were just brilliant.
Then the monumental clean up operation took place. The crew spent an hour or so wiping every surface down, logging any injuries and reassuring everyone that it will be ok.
The flight continued back to blighty in the usual manner, no further problems to report, and the captain said they had, and were constantly reassessing the situation.
He explained that we were routing round some large storm clouds in the region, some were about 70-100 metres from us, and we hit CAT, no warning and nothing he could do to avoid or know it would happen.
Upon arrival, we all had to wait for the paramedics to assess every injured passenger (most complaining of neck pain!!) and then we were handed the box of chocolates as in picture 8 at the end of the air bridge.
Personally, I fly the LHR-SYD route 5 or 6 times a year (and take over 100 flights (mostly long haul) in general due to work). The Bay of Bengal is always choppy, but this was rather extreme, and I simply cannot stress enough how brilliant the SIA crew were once it had happened. Their cool calm attitude managed to ease the situation (although I fear it will be a struggle getting my wife on another plane), and the way handled things and cleaned the plane was above and beyond the call of duty.
Hats off to you SIA!!
FLYENTHU..... Thanks for the comment about everyone smiling. As my wife was handed the chocolates I commented: "here have some chocolates, please don't sue us" at which point everyone burst out laughing. Nothing brings 350 people together like a near death experience!
Regards all.
A
Btw, my two take home comments from all of this, Alan Cross who took the photos, I took one of the coffee on the ceiling and he said "yeah that was mine, I am wearing the other half", and after been given the chocolates, a female passenger said to my wife "I can't wait to get home and wash the cornflakes out of my hair". Somehow it made the whole thing seem 'a matter of fact'.
 
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RE: SQ Flight Hits Heavy Turbulence En Route To LHR

Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:29 am

I flew on 9V-SKH on SQ1 back in Feb this year.

Glad everyone was ok.
 
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RE: SQ Flight Hits Heavy Turbulence En Route To LHR

Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:40 am

Quoting 23booker (Reply 18):

Good story with some great insight. I'm just a little bit suprised they carried on to LHR when this happened early-ish into the flight with still hours to run (At least that's my understanding)
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:03 am

Quoting 23booker (Reply 14):
Their cool calm attitude managed to ease the situation (although I fear it will be a struggle getting my wife on another plane), and the way handled things and cleaned the plane was above and beyond the call of duty.

Well done, SQ crew! Proving yet again that safety and service are not mutually exclusive!
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:11 am

Great story 23booker, thanks for sharing!

Quoting 23booker (Reply 14):
As passengers, we had already been restricted by the seat belt sign for approximately ten minutes.

You all were very lucky, imagine what would happen if no one has its seat belt on  Wow!
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RE: SQ Flight Hits Heavy Turbulence En Route To LHR

Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:06 am

Quoting solarflyer22 (Reply 4):
How strong must the turbulence be to really move an A380? I would imagine very.

No, not necessarily stronger than for a smaller airplane, since it's got proportionally larger wings, so turbulence has comparatively more area to act on as well. Larger masses of air are interacting with larger masses of airplane so the total amount of energy exchanged is higher, but for each passenger there isn't necessarily much of a difference.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 9):
20 meters like a drop off of a 6 story building.

It's primarily a matter of the acceleration, not amplitude. A 100m drop is no issue on approach because the acceleration is low and steady enough. And even just a 20cm pothole in the road can be really nasty if you're hitting it in a car with a stiff suspension.

Quoting 23booker (Reply 14):
As a passenger on SQ308 last Sunday seats 38C and 39B. My wife and I witnessed first hand what was a interesting experience!

Interesting account. I'm glad nobody got hurt too seriously.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:47 am

Surprisingly no one mentioned which region and alt. there were at when they hit this nasty turbulence? Has any one got any info of this? Also next day SQ 308 was cancelled, any one know reason for that? I was first to start a thread on this I guess but never got published properly because of site IT issues.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:32 am

Quoting 23booker (Reply 14):

Thanks for that interesting account.

And njam, Guylian fruits de mer, definitely among my favorite chocolates!  

When I first saw the pictures a few days ago, I joked, saying those two SIA girls had a "I'm not cleaning that up" look. Now I guess it's more a "damn, I'm gonna have to clean that up" kinda look.

Good to hear there were no major injuries and SQ handled it in a professional way, as you would expect from them.
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:29 pm

KUDOS to the SIA crew and the passengers!
Many criticize SIA crews for being robotic but when time comes for safety and reassurance they are evidently top notch! It doesnt cease to amaze me that even after such an event, passengers were smiling and to hear such an account from 23 booker and seem he is really pleased with SIA and its crew is amazing!

I guess that same turbulence in a smaller aircraft would have had a proportional effect, but being in such a behemoth must have made it much more frightening.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:33 pm

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 16):

We had about 10hrs and 15 mins still to run. The decision was taken after assessing the situation that the plane was fine, and the injuries only very slight. Most complained of neck pain, which had amazingly cleared up by the time we landed and the paramedics were doing their checks!

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 18):

The chap in 37G didn't. An old fellow already using a walking stick, and with limited mobility. The lady next to me commented that she saw him levitate out of his chair. He hurt his ankle and tore his trousers on the base of the seat in front of him. Apparently his was the worst injury, but he was still able to move around the plane later, and was smiling/chatting with the SIA crew.

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 20):

We were at cruise level (34-35,000ft) approximately 2 hours out of SIN somewhere in the region of the
Adaman and Nicobar Islands, over the Bay of Bengal. No idea why the SQ308 was cancelled the next day, I know 9V-SKH was delayed by 28hrs leaving LHR for the return leg (if you saw the food stains covering the entire cabin I am not surprised). Also, correct me if I am wrong, but I think they have to do a complete check over of the aircraft when this happens?? I spoke with the guys in the SIA lounge when I flew out this Monday to YVR (always favour the SIA lounge over the London Lounge to get my last meal before being insulted for ten hrs with what AC refer to as food, benefits of the SIA Gold Card), and they said all the passengers had been found seats on BA, QF and EK, so minimised the disruption to others.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:39 pm

Quoting falkerker (Reply 22):

Thanks for the reply.
You know the funny thing, nobody remembers exactly how bad the turbulence was, EVERYBODY, including my wife who hates flying at the best of times, remembers how brilliantly SIA dealt with the situation.
Like I mentioned, I fly to Australia about 5/6 times a year, usually use a mix of SQ and QF ( to keep both the gold cards going), from now on, there is only one choice for me for that route, SIA!!
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:58 pm

Quoting 23booker (Reply 24):
Like I mentioned, I fly to Australia about 5/6 times a year, usually use a mix of SQ and QF ( to keep both the gold cards going), from now on, there is only one choice for me for that route, SIA!!

That is exactly what has me completely astonished! Usually people would be panicking and in therapy for a couple of months! You have decided to give them your loyalty!
I hope this never happens to any other airline, but I am pretty sure not many would have dealt with such an issue in such a brilliant way. KUDOS
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:13 pm

Quoting 23Booker "He explained that we were routing round some large storm clouds in the region, some were about 70-100 metres from us, and we hit CAT, no warning and nothing he could do to avoid or know it would happen."

Is there any distance regulation or standard for keeping a minimum distance from thunderstorm activity? Many times I have noticed that flights skirt around the edge of a thunderstorm and it gets inevitably turbulent in those regions even though the flight is in clear air. Just curious.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:15 pm

Quoting 23booker (Reply 23):

Excellent 23Booker. Thanks for sharing this experience, must be thrilling. Bay of Bengal is absolutely crazy and very well known for nasty weather and turbulence. We get to hear a lot about it to be honest. I am glad all ended well.

I am wondering what could have been situation if it would have been light aircraft compared to A380 ? say for instance A330? interesting but again don't know I am not an expert just a plane crazy guy  

Did any pilot/pilots came out of flight-deck to see people around? just asking as a curiosity.

Well done SQ and all those passengers for showing good spirit. You can write a trip report now ... 
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:16 pm

Quoting falkerker (Reply 25):

It's probably just the way my crazy mind works! Ha ha ha

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 27):

Thanks for the question. It's an interesting point about the pilots, no they didn't. I thought at the time it was strange that they didn't walk through the cabin, and to be honest we didn't hear from the flight deck for quite a while. I suppose they were busy making sure all systems were fine up front, and I don't blame them for that. Apart from the two announcements for the crew to check passengers, it was about 20 mins before we got an explanation of events.
There was one senior cabin crew member who moved swiftly through the cabin handing out bundles of calming smiles to worried passengers and explaining what happened.
A couple of hours after the event, I went to the galley to get a drink (purely medicinal) and he came up to me, put his hand on my shoulder and asked if I was ok.
I had a similar experience once before, severe turbulence whilst on decent through a storm into MST on a KLM Fokker 50, sudden loss of altitude (we were told a couple of hundred feet). The feeling was exactly the same as on the A380, although this time I think it felt a little more violent, but that could just be a memory issue!!
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:37 pm

Quoting 23booker (Reply 28):

Cheers ! Yes pilots must have been busy with checking all system working properly or not fair enough.

Hope your next flight will be without any hiccups !
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:01 pm

Quoting 23booker (Reply 24):
That is exactly what has me completely astonished! Usually people would be panicking and in therapy for a couple of months! You have decided to give them your loyalty!
I hope this never happens to any other airline, but I am pretty sure not many would have dealt with such an issue in such a brilliant way. KUDOS

It is actually a very common reaction. No-one like when things go wrong but we all (almost) know it will happen from time to time. What sets companies apart is how they deal with them. Do a poor job and people run away. Do a good job and people will not only become loyal to your product but usually also the best promoters.
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:38 pm

Well done SQ, some CATs hit out of the blue, lucky for them they knew about it and were prepared.

Imagine if an EK A380 hits a sudden CAT with a couple of pax in the showers!
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:24 pm

Sounds like the cabin crew did a great job. But did the pilots?

Quoting 23booker (Reply 14):
He explained that we were routing round some large storm clouds in the region, some were about 70-100 metres from us, and we hit CAT, no warning and nothing he could do to avoid or know it would happen.

This is the part that bothers me. If the pilots were deviating around CBs, the turbulence was most certainly associated with the CBs and not the CAT excuse. Further, 70-100 METERS? Seriously? Every pilot knows that when circumnavigating CBs it's best to avoid them by MILES (or KMs) not meters! Also, to avoid them on the upwind side, not top them and generally stay as far away as possible. Perhaps all that wasn't possible and they just had to blast right through the line. But to blame CAT, when in the vicinity of storms, is irresponsible. Judging by the accounts and the aftermath, it sounds like they got caught in a CBs lifting action. I'm not second guessing the actions of the pilots, but I am raising the issue because everyone seems to be caught up in the reactions of the cabin crew (again, great job) but not focusing on what got this plane into this predicament in the first place.

[Edited 2013-06-06 13:27:26]
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:32 pm

Quoting azjubilee (Reply 32):
70-100 METERS?

Perhaps the pilot was misheard or mis-spoke, and what he really meant was 70-100 KM? That seems much more logical and plausible.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:35 pm

Quoting sankaps (Reply 33):
Perhaps the pilot was misheard or mis-spoke, and what he really meant was 70-100 KM? That seems much more logical and plausible.

Let's hope that's the case!
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:48 pm

Quoting azjubilee (Reply 32):

That's a very fair comment. We only saw the cabin crews reaction to the event, so had no idea how we got into the situation in the first place.
The captain did tell us to expect turbulence a couple of hours out, so maybe we were routed through the middle of the storms......When explaining what had happened he said we were trying to avoid an area of cumulonimbus (?) clouds.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:57 pm

Quoting azjubilee (Reply 34):

Having flown that route so many times (in excess of 100 when combined on BA, QF and SQ), it isn't that uncommon to look in wonder out the window at cruise as the pilot weaves their way through one of the massive tropical storm fronts.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:00 pm

Quoting 23booker (Reply 35):
The captain did tell us to expect turbulence a couple of hours out, so maybe we were routed through the middle of the storms......When explaining what had happened he said we were trying to avoid an area of cumulonimbus (?) clouds.

Well then... wether it was 7-10 meters or 7-10 KMs, it's clear the pilots were working the plane around CBs. Therefore, it was likely the CBs that created the turbulence you experienced and not CAT. I wasn't obviously there and did not see the radar at the time, therefore I'm hesitant to judge the situation. It does sound however, like you all got a little too close to CBs and got to experience the wild ride associated with the encounter.
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:10 pm

Quoting azjubilee (Reply 37):

That's brilliant, thanks for the explanation.
It sounds more plausable to me. Obviously I am not a pilot, but an absolute plane freak, and fly a hell of a lot. CAT just didn't sound right if we were avoiding a storm. Surely CAT occurs when in clear air, as the term suggests!
However, we could only go on what we were told!!
Interestingly, the first site to run a story on our flight actually posted a satellite image of the area at the time it happened.
Looks like a rather large cloud!!

http://avherald.com/h?article=462eaf1c
 
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:20 pm

Quoting azjubilee (Reply 37):
Therefore, it was likely the CBs that created the turbulence you experienced and not CAT.

This I agree with. The fact that the captain has crew suspend service and be seated just prior to this suggests as well that this was not CAT, it was expected turbulence, though perhaps the severity took them by surprise.
 
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Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:12 pm

Quoting azjubilee (Reply 37):

Not clear at all, we review sig wx forecasts before departure, that can tell us when to expect CAT ahead f time, and at what levels.
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RE: SQ Flight Hits Heavy Turbulence En Route To LHR

Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:34 pm

Need clear air to hit CAT. Clearly this wasn't the case.

I remember as a child flying from Dulles to Orly in 1973, can't remember whether it was TWA or Pan-Am, but the 707 was suddenly smashed by turbulence, literally like the plane was punched as it recoiled and shuddered. I remember hysteria setting in and laughing as screaming people grabbed for the oxygen masks that fell from the ceiling - due to turbulence not need. Clear Air Turbulence hadn't really been described back in those days but pretty certain that was a good example of it.
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RE: SQ Flight Hits Heavy Turbulence En Route To LHR

Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:01 am

Hi 23Booker.

Quoting 23booker (Reply 14):
As a passenger on SQ308 last Sunday seats 38C and 39B. My wife and I witnessed first hand what was a interesting experience!

Thanks for sharing your first-hand experience with us in the A-net. Based on your accounts of the incident, the SQ crew was really professional on handling the situation, and cleaning up the mess after the CAT, it was certainly beyond their duty.

Looking at the location where your flight were hit by CAT, and considering that there were injuries reported, I was wondering why did they decided to continue the flight to LHR? Were the passengers injured (as far as you might see around that time) were really minor that returning to SIN, or diverting somewhere else is not necessary at all?

I was not questioning their professionalism, but simply wondering reasons for continuing the long-haul instead of returning to SIN, considering the airframe itself eventually cannot perform the return flight from LHR.

It must been a terrifying experience to see people's breakfast flying around the cabin when the A380 dropped down, but at least upon arrival the box of chocolates was a nice gesture of apology.

Quoting 23booker (Reply 14):
The Bay of Bengal is always choppy, but this was rather extreme

As you mentioned, this area was indeed choppy, I remembered that ten days earlier an EK B773 doing DXB-CGK run was hit by turbulence as well around this area. 13 was injured and the flight subsequently diverted to SIN.

http://www.avherald.com/h?article=4628ec77&opt=0

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Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:07 am

Quoting motorhussy (Reply 41):
Clearly this wasn't the case.

You weren't there, so you have no way of knowing. CB clouds don't cover 100% of the sky. There are individual cells spaced miles apart. Pilots usually try to thread the needle between them, and are in clear air most of the time.
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