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Airplane Turbulence: Is It Dangerous?





No frequent flyer is a stranger to turbulence. But what causes it, and how dangerous is it?

Turbulence is the random, chaotic motion of air, caused by changes in air currents. From inside an airplane, it can range from minor bumpiness that can jostle the cranberry juice on your tray to powerful jolts that can structurally damage the plane and injure its passengers. Each year, pilots report about 65,000 accounts of moderate or greater turbulence and 5,500 accounts of severe turbulence. Turbulence is responsible for roughly 75 percent of all weather-related accidents and incidents, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.


Airplane Turbulence: Is It Dangerous? | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS.



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