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Passengers traumatised after 'freak' turbulence pops plane window from frame

Passengers traumatised after 'freak' turbulence pops plane window from frame

Flight AI 462 had taken off from Amritsar for Delhi on Thursday when the Boeing 787 Dreamliner encountered 10 to 15 minutes of turbulence as it climbed from 8,000 to 21,000 feet, the Times of India reported. The official added that some masks were dropped down during the turbulence phase and an overhead panel of the seat 12U got cracks.

The turbulence left at least three people with minor injuries and caused a window panel inside the aircraft to break away, said four airline officials.

Videos of an air hostess trying to fix the fallen window back, and comforting the passenger who got hit by it, has been going viral.

After the plane's window panel fell off an investigation has been launched by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as well as the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB). Air India is yet to issue any statement.

Passengers aboard an Air India flight have been left traumatised after "a freak level" of turbulence left three passengers injured and caused a seat window to from its frame.

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The passenger sat next to the window is terrified by the ordeal and is firmly reassured by the flight attendant.

It lasted nearly half of the 30-minute journey with the strongest tremors lasting 10-12 minutes, according to officials. Two more had minor injuries.

While the window panel broke, there was no damage to the outside window hence there was no de-pressurisation.

Jennifer Riordan, 43, a mother-of-two from Albuquerque, US, was returning from a business trip aboard the NY to Dallas flight when the plane's left engine exploded sending shrapnel flying into a window next to her seat.

James Garrow, a Philadelphia Department of Public Health spokesperson, told Newsweek at the time that Jennifer Riordan sustained blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso.