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Thai TG600 CAT Turbulence, Passengers Injured

Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:13 am

Thai Airways has been shaken by violent turbulence on a flight bound for Hong Kong (China) International Airport, causing minor damage to the passenger cabin. There are 20 passengers wounded.

The plane, an Airbus A380, registration HS-TUA, flight TG600, which was en route from Suvarnabhumi Bangkok (Thailand) International Airport and Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong International Airport was in flight when severe turbulence shook the plane.

Twenty people who were not attached were then projected on the ceiling, striking the head of the luggage or the lining of the ceiling, some even causing a depression of it.

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:18 am

Ouch, the turbulence indeed must have been really bad to cause that much damage...

I wonder around where exactly the turbulence was encountered?
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:55 am

Looks like it was quite a violent episode.

Quoting KarelXWB (Thread starter):
Twenty people who were not attached were then projected on the ceiling, striking the head of the luggage or the lining of the ceiling, some even causing a depression of it.

Personally, i always keep my seatbelt on all the time just loosened a bit. I always noticed that as soon as the seatbelt sign goes out, you hear an immediate un-clicking of 100+ buckles.

You can still be comfortable and move in your seat no problem with a loosened belt, and this is exactly the type of event you are protecting yourself from.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:04 am

Definately not a good sight or experience for anyone to go through that.

Always a fear of mine when I get up during a flight.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:11 am

It is an old wisdom to keep the seatbelt fastened at all the time during flight, even when sleeping. .
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:15 am

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 4):

It is an old wisdom to keep the seatbelt fastened at all the time during flight, even when sleeping. .

I can only agree with that. What is the big deal about having a seat belt fastened all the time? You don't need to pull them tight that you don't have any blood circulation anymore. But only close it so that you don't fly around in the cabin in case of turbulence.

I need to be strapped down in the cockpit as well all the time. Of course not the shoulder harnesses, but the regular belt is closed all the time I am sitting in my seat. Or do you want the pilot to fly around in the cockpit during severe turbulence?
Same should be for all passengers.

Of course, when you are on the lavatory or you walk aroudn a bit to stretch your legs, that is something different. But everytime you sit, you should fasten your seatbelt.

I wish the involved a speedy recovery.

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:33 am

I have been in turbelence like this, (thankfully buckled in). I freak out a little now with my 4 year old daughter. A kid at that age on a long flight needs to get up and wander around occasionally. She would be tossed about like a rag doll

Apparently a HK airlines flight from Phuket also affected with a few injuries.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:34 am

I hope none of the injured pax have serious injuries. I don't recall such severe damage to the interior of an a/c in a turbulence event. I guess with modern smart phones with digital cameras means we see a lot more interesting pictures of such events and a lot faster. Indeed as some others said, this does support the idea to keep your seat belt fastened whenever you are in a seat.
I would assume this a/c will be sitting for a few days for inspection and repairs.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:39 am

Holy C!!!  Wow!

That must´ve been one heck of shake to do such damage.

Hope the PAX involved make a full recovery, and I agree with the rest, keep that seatbelt (loosely) fastened.

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:42 am

Whenever I fly with someone (relative, parent, co-worker, friend) I tell them and explain why they should keep their seatbelt fastened at all times, loosely, sure, but fastened. This recent incident could have snapped some necks.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:07 am

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
But only close it so that you don't fly around in the cabin in case of turbulence.

Is it safe to have the seatbelt 'loosely fastened' or could that cause abdominal injuries?
 
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Quoting comorin (Reply 10):
Is it safe to have the seatbelt 'loosely fastened' or could that cause abdominal injuries?

From what I know it is better to have them loosely fastened than not fastened at all. Maybe it could cause minor injuries to your abdomen, but still better than smashing with your head into the ceiling and then smashing back down onto the seats.

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:15 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 9):
Whenever I fly with someone (relative, parent, co-worker, friend) I tell them and explain why they should keep their seatbelt fastened at all times

So true. When i first told my other half to stop talking and watch the safety demo or keep your seatbelt on, i initially got a look of disinterest, and the response "nobody else is doing that".
The routineness of air travel has caused people to develop complacent habits.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:42 am

Folks:

When these incidents happen, there's always a long thread about how passengers do not know how to buckle themselves while seated. Maybe so. But we do not know why the passengers were hurt this time. This is an A380, maybe 500 passengers. 20 people are a small fraction of that, could be people on the way to the bathroom, hit by food carts, hit by flying crew  or indeed the crew often gets the worst of the situation, so they too could be hurt.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:00 pm

When I first read the title, I thought there was some altercation or perhaps attack that led to passengers being wounded. Have recommended that title be changed to use the words "turbulence" and "injured" rather than "incident" and "wounded".
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:06 pm

Quoting sankaps (Reply 14):

Agree, title should be changed...

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:32 pm

Quoting AirlineCritic (Reply 13):
When these incidents happen, there's always a long thread about how passengers do not know how to buckle themselves while seated. Maybe so. But we do not know why the passengers were hurt this time. This is an A380, maybe 500 passengers. 20 people are a small fraction of that, could be people on the way to the bathroom, hit by food carts, hit by flying crew  or indeed the crew often gets the worst of the situation, so they too could be hurt.

All could be true, but the pictures clearly seem to show minor damage to the ceiling due to passengers being almost launched from their seats.

Quoting kiwiinoz (Reply 6):
I have been in turbelence like this, (thankfully buckled in).

I experienced it once, and it came very unexpected and severe. Only the coke on my tray table did not "survive" (and created a mess), but due to being strapped in I had no problems.

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
Of course, when you are on the lavatory or you walk aroudn a bit to stretch your legs, that is something different. But everytime you sit, you should fasten your seatbelt.

I can only agree with that.

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
I wish the involved a speedy recovery.

As do I.

And everyone should be buckled in while being inflight. That prevents most of the injuries.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:09 pm

Quoting sankaps (Reply 14):
When I first read the title, I thought there was some altercation or perhaps attack that led to passengers being wounded. Have recommended that title be changed to use the words "turbulence" and "injured" rather than "incident" and "wounded".

Well said, I fully concur

I was expecting to read about some terrorist incident on-board, but that the situation had been resolved, at the expense of "wounded" pax!

To discuss in a thread about severe turbulence and resulting injury, I endorse the suggestion to bring the thread title into line with its actual content

Update - the title has been changed to "CAT turbulence", but it still talks about "wounded" pax - so only the first (more important) half of the job has been done

[Edited 2013-08-30 06:18:14]

Now done!


[Edited 2013-08-30 06:18:54]
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:15 pm

Surprised there were not more incidents this morning as the weather this morning around this time was horrible.
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:27 pm

This incident reminds of the Egyptair B707-320 Clear Air Turbulence event over the Alps (1970s) on a CAI-LHR or CAI-CDG flight, in which a male passenger standing in the aisle was hanged. His head literally shot through the overhead panels and he did not fall back down, but remained hanging in the aisle. Regretfully the passenger did not survive this ordeal.

A sad event in air travel.

BE CAREFUL: It is not uncommon for heavy drinks carts to become flying objects that can also hit ceiling panels. All non-constraint objects (people and physical items) can do very severe damage to the interior and the occupants in cases of clear air turbulence.

From personal experience I can testify that passenger hysteria occurs very quickly when severe CAT hits an aircraft. After the event it takes solid and professional cabin management to restore passenger confidence and some form of order. It is not unknown for cabin crew to loose it and break down themselves, particularly when they are hurt. Severe CAT can be rated as a serious incident in air travel.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:33 pm

Quoting JohnClipper (Reply 18):
the weather this morning around this time was horrible

JohnClipper, as someone on the ground, and to spare me searching through out-dated threads on Google, can you describe the current weather and if it is due to a current tropic storm, or otherwise.

I'll be passing through HKG end-November and then mid-January '14. Can you recommend a good website for local weather forecasts? But I reflect that with fixed travel dates, knowing in advance of bad weather might not be a great idea! However, forewarned is forearmed (keep the seatbelt a bit tighter!)
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:40 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 4):
It is an old wisdom to keep the seatbelt fastened at all the time during flight, even when sleeping. .

Thats what I do too of course. But what if it strikes when you´re just waiting in front of the toilet? I guess such a heavy turbulence doesnt happen without a bit of a warning. I have never experienced even moderate turbulence without some kind of warning.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:49 pm

Quoting na (Reply 21):

Indeed, from my modest experience, I have noticed that slight turbulence always precede moderate or severe turbulence are always. I have never encountered an "airpocket" suddenly during a smooth flight.
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:54 pm

Quoting na (Reply 21):
Thats what I do too of course. But what if it strikes when you´re just waiting in front of the toilet? I guess such a heavy turbulence doesnt happen without a bit of a warning. I have never experienced even moderate turbulence without some kind of warning.

Agreed. Cant remember moderate/severe turbulence that wasnt preceded by a "return to seats" announcement

It's also quite evident on numerous flights I've experienced that the crew has some liberty (of their own or granted by ATC) to fly around weather patterns to avoid the worst of the turbulence. I have seen this on many flights over the South China Sea, especially evident during daytime flights, when it's clear that the flight is weaving a path through mountainous cu-nimb cloud towers that look just so awesomely powerful and horrible. Maybe there are moments in flight when the option to weave to avoid is removed by ATC constraints, and the flight just has to go through it!

I still have my heart in my throat when I'm being taken through medium to hard turbulence, as it is just an awful experience. When I need to, I remind myself of aircraft (C130?) being deliberately flown into hurricanes in order to "better understand them", and that said aircraft usually emerged intact!

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:17 pm

Quoting JohnClipper (Reply 18):
Surprised there were not more incidents this morning as the weather this morning around this time was horrible

A Hong Kong Airline A320 with 110 pax from Phurket also hit the turbulence, caused 3 passangers and 3 crews imjured few hours before the TG600 incident.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:29 pm

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 2):
Personally, i always keep my seatbelt on all the time just loosened a bit
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 4):
It is an old wisdom to keep the seatbelt fastened at all the time during flight, even when sleeping

I always have it on each time I am seated. I never experienced heavy turbulences, but I'm always a bit worried that an incident like that happens to me one day.

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 12):
"nobody else is doing that"

And yet it's not because the majority does it that it is right.

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 12):
The routineness of air travel has caused people to develop complacent habits.

Unfortunately yes.
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:36 pm

Not surprised about the intensity of CAT. There have been instances when aircraft like the B707 have disintegrated when hit by CAT. G-APFE - a BOAC 707-436 in 1966 met this unfortunate fate when passing abeam Mt. Fuji - an area notorious for CAT which even has a saying "when the sky is blue, Fuji is angry".

And not always is severe turbulence preceded by light to moderate turbulence. In 2002, I was on an LH 747 enroute FRA DEL with my wife and infant son in the bassinet. Mid way into the flight during meal service, the aircraft suddenly dropped for about 3 seconds during which i was in my seat thanks to the belt, but i did see my wife, son and a whole bunch of pax suddenly about 2-3 feet up in the air before thudding back down into their seats (or bassinet in my son's case). Luckily nobody suffered injuries and the Captain came on the PA apologizing and blaming a sudden shift in winds.

It was clear weather outside and no hint of any turbulence to come and none afterwards either.

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:48 pm

And yet, it was an A380!
It is supposed to be smoother than other a/c, isn't it?
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:29 pm

Quoting LY777 (Reply 27):
It is supposed to be smoother than other a/c, isn't it?

Yes, but not exempt from the laws of physics.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:40 pm

From Thai's Facebook page it seems that the cabin crew were injured as well.

No aircraft is exempt from CAT, so I for one always keep my belt fasten while seated.
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:43 pm

Quoting JohnClipper (Reply 18):
Surprised there were not more incidents this morning as the weather this morning around this time was horrible.

Can you elaborate a bit? This time of year around HKG, "horrible" would usually imply thunderstorms.

If this (and the other A320 incident) were because of TRW's, this was likely not a CAT encounter.

CAT = CLEAR Air Turbulence.

[Edited 2013-08-30 10:10:17]
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:06 pm

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 16):
All could be true, but the pictures clearly seem to show minor damage to the ceiling due to passengers being almost launched from their seats

Actually... the passengers remain where they were, but the plane is pushed down. Incredible that such a big bird can be affected so much!

Quoting factsonly (Reply 19):
His head literally shot through the overhead panels and he did not fall back down, but remained hanging in the aisle

Well, now I'm going to be afraid to even go to the loo!!
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:09 pm

best wishes to those injured.
I have to confess to being a turbulance junkie, you have not had your monies worth on a flight without a good bit of up & down.  
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:31 pm

Last time I flew into LAX on a WS flight, the descent was very bumpy, and it was clear our 738 was fighting its way down. At one point I heard what sounded like a rumble before a big jolt bounced me right off my seat. I then clearly felt my seatbelt pulling me back down. I looked up the aisle and saw a female F/A holding on for dear life, and was once again reminded how much risk the crew is put under when just doing their job.

So yes, seatbelt always clicked in when I'm seated, and pray to the weather gods when using the lavatory...
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:02 pm

a severe thunderstorm passed Hong Kong on 30 Aug (from midnight - morning), rained like hell, and 4000 times lightning were recorded from Hong Kong Observatory, that is quite a typical weather condition of HKG during summer time.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:10 pm

Second A380 that suffers CAT.... size in this case does not matter...

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:17 pm

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 2):
as soon as the seatbelt sign goes out, you hear an immediate un-clicking of 100+ buckles.

...and the majority of those very same people (at least in the USA) have no problems leaving their belts on in automobiles, even during long drives. Gotta love the logical paradoxes prevalent in humanity.

Reminds me of a pet peeve of mine: being wished a "safe flight" which of course ignores the greater likelihood of my dying in the car on the way to/from the airport.  
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:48 pm

so this is the legitmate reason they tell you even when the sign is off, you should still keep the seatbelt on just incase of unexpected turbulence.

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:03 pm

Well, this is the radar image of the Hong Kong area (albeit 10+ hr later than the incidents had occured) . Suppose the radar image would not have been much difference throughout the day. 100mm of rain had poured down in parts of HK during the night so there must have quite a few CBs around HK.


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Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:29 pm

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 2):
Personally, i always keep my seatbelt on all the time just loosened a bit. I always noticed that as soon as the seatbelt sign goes out, you hear an immediate un-clicking of 100+ buckles.

You can still be comfortable and move in your seat no problem with a loosened belt, and this is exactly the type of event you are protecting yourself from.

Unfortunately your average passenger know nothing about CAT, I bet if all pax knew about it almost all of them would keep their seatbelts buckled while seated.




Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
I need to be strapped down in the cockpit as well all the time. Of course not the shoulder harnesses, but the regular belt is closed all the time I am sitting in my seat. Or do you want the pilot to fly around in the cockpit during severe turbulence?

Airlines should make it compulsory for the pilots to wear their seatbelts inflight, you don't want both pilots incapacitated in the event of a severe CAT.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:31 pm

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 39):
Airlines should make it compulsory for the pilots to wear their seatbelts inflight, you don't want both pilots incapacitated in the event of a severe CAT.

It is compolsury at my airline. For taxi, take off and landing we need to have all 5 belts on, but during cruise flight the shoulder harnesses can be opened, but the others: remain fastened.

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:39 pm

Quoting LY777 (Reply 27):
And yet, it was an A380!It is supposed to be smoother than other a/c, isn't it?

Not immune!

How long until someone is critically injured (or expires) due to severe CAT while in the A380 shower/spa on EK? Would that be its demise?

Certainly the same folks who believe in being buckled in to their seat (even loosely) for the entire flight must be dead against this idea...






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Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:07 pm

Quoting Skydrol (Reply 41):
How long until someone is critically injured (or expires) due to severe CAT while in the A380 shower/spa on EK? Would that be its demise?

   I've said it on past threads and I'll say it again, it's just a matter of time before someone is tumbled inside an EK A380 shower during heavy CAT. There's a reason why other carriers are not emulating this gimmicky idea.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:29 pm

I'll say it again, this looks to be thunderstorm induced, and therefore not CAT.

CAT comes out of clear air, with very little to no notice. Turbulence caused by deviating around TRW"s can easily be expected.
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Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:51 pm

I think there is currently a big ol' tropical storm passing HK right now. So probably not CAT. Still quite possibly without warning.
 
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Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:19 am

Quoting UA787DEN (Reply 44):

I think there is currently a big ol' tropical storm passing HK right now. So probably not CAT. Still quite possibly without warning.

Not a all a tropical storm, it is just how mother nature behave around HKG this time of year. It has been 7 weeks from the last sunny weekends we've had here, and I'm getting grumpier by the week, can it stop raining for just one Sunday, just one!

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Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:58 am

Quoting Vimanav (Reply 26):

It was clear weather outside and no hint of any turbulence to come and none afterwards either.

It can definitely come from nowhere at times.

I had this on BA15 in July. Very smooth flight seat belt sign was off and we suddenly hit what felt like several of the worlds worst potholes.
Seat belt sign was switched on immediately but after those bumps there was nothing more.
Thankfully just a few spilled drinks and crying babies from the look and sounds of it.

Speedy recovery to those involved.
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RE: Thai TG600 CAT Turbulence, Passengers Injured

Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:18 am

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 42):

I've said it on past threads and I'll say it again, it's just a matter of time before someone is tumbled inside an EK A380 shower during heavy CAT. There's a reason why other carriers are not emulating this gimmicky idea.

What's the difference between a shower and a bathroom? Passengers have been sitting on the loo unbuckled for a long time without someone being killed. Why would an EK shower be different?
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RE: Thai TG600 CAT Turbulence, Passengers Injured

Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:53 am

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 42):
I've said it on past threads and I'll say it again, it's just a matter of time before someone is tumbled inside an EK A380 shower during heavy CAT. There's a reason why other carriers are not emulating this gimmicky idea.

Yeah, just a matter of time until airlines even remove lavatories and galleys from aircraft...simply too dangerous.  


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RE: Thai TG600 CAT Turbulence, Passengers Injured

Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:49 am

I was operating a flight on the same routing as the Thai A380 later on the same day. We had the seatbelt signs on for a longtime and were deviating many miles off track to avoid weather, mostly extensive CB buildups. If not avoided, severe turbulence could have been experienced like in the photos. We experienced no CAT though...but there was plenty of obvious avoidable weather buildup.
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