Indonesia’s National Transport and Safety Committee (NTSC) has ruled that a 2016 Etihad Airways flight to Jakarta, during which passengers, crew and aircraft sustained injuries and damages, encountered turbulence that could legally be classified as severe and unexpected.
“Based on the information from the prognosis chart combined with satellite weather image, and the evidence of severe turbulence… the area of turbulence may therefore not have been evident to the pilots,” the NTSC said in its report filed on December 29.
The NTSC is the aviation safety arm of Jakarta’s Ministry of Transport and submitted its final report on the incident after assessing pilot statements against weather radar readings and prognosis charts gained from onboard the aircraft.
Two members of the planes crew and thirty one passengers were injured after the aircraft encountered turbulence, approximately 45 minutes approximately 210 nautical miles (388.9 kilometres) away from Jakarta.
The aircraft was deemed unfit to fly back on the return leg of the journey.
Both cabin crew and nine passengers sustained serious injuries during the incident that also damaged the aircraft’s overhead lockers and was called an accident by the NTSC.
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