A passenger was injured during severe turbulence on a long Emirates Airline flight to Dubai that took another 13 hours, according to a report by the United Arab Emirates’ Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The case was reported by the Paddle Your Own Kanoo website, according to the report recently issued by the GCAA. The situation would have occurred on one of the company’s main routes between Los Angeles and Dubai, which was operated on February 2 of this year by the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380 – flight EK216.
There were 333 passengers and 24 crew members on board on a 15-hour voyage without stops. An hour and a half after takeoff and while the aircraft was cruising at 33,000 feet (~ 11,000 meters), the seat belt warning was off and a passenger walked into the bathroom while the aircraft was flying over the Rocky Mountains, the largest mountain range in the United States, the West Coast Divide midwest of the country.
During this overflight, the aircraft was exposed to strong turbulence in the clear sky, lost some altitude and showed great instability, which led to the fact that the economy class passenger “flew” in the toilet and finally kicked his “landing” badly Broken ankle.
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She was taken care of immediately by the flight attendants who provided first aid while the turbulence still affected the aircraft. Although no other passengers were injured, the GCAA report indicates that the turbulence lasted 54 minutes with clear skies.
Something that caught investigators’ attention and was the subject of the final report relates to the fact that the passenger injury was classified as serious and that the flight to Dubai resumed in 13 hours even without their feet on the ground can. In other similar situations, the flights alternate with other airports so that the passenger receives medical care.
Of course, the passenger told the crew that they could continue their journey, but the pain must have been terrible. As the passenger’s injury did not pose a risk to her life or the safety of the flight, the crew decided to continue.
The investigation found that although there were multiple handrails in the toilet, passengers could not have insurance in the event of turbulence or other emergencies, not enough because the one closest to the injured passenger was behind her. For this reason, it was recommended that more handrail poles be installed, as well as signs indicating where they are.
On the flip side, authorities said that prior to the turbulence, the crew had no way of knowing and that once the aircraft was hit by them, it followed the normal procedures for the case.