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After turbulence, airlines ask passengers to fasten their seatbelts

“Fasten your seatbelts.” This is the message from flight attendants and pilots after the serious turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight this Tuesday (21), which caused one death and left more than 70 injured.

The flight from London to Singapore faced severe turbulence over the Indian Ocean and dropped about 1,800 meters in approximately three minutes, before an emergency landing in Bangkok.

Singapore Airlines does not say what type of turbulence it was, but aviation experts suspect it was clear sky turbulence (CAT), considered the most dangerous.

CAT is virtually undetectable with current technology, meaning it can appear without warning — which makes it even more important for passengers on a plane to wear seat belts whenever they're seated, safety experts say.

Airlines are required by law to turn on seat belt alerts during takeoff and landing of flights, but they have their own procedures for dealing with air turbulence.

A witness to the Singapore Airlines flight said several people who were not wearing seatbelts were thrown across the cabin as the plane plunged, with many hitting their heads.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants (CWA), which represents more than 50,000 professionals across 20 airlines, said examples of clear-sky turbulence are growing and unseen, emphasizing the importance of buckling up. during flights.

“It’s a matter of life and death,” Nelson said.

Source: CNN Brasil

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