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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
    I would assume modern instrumentation would keep you out of such severe disturbances.
    I'm not sure what that flight hit, but if it was this, there's no easy way for them to see/detect it ahead of time:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear-air_turbulence

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
    I assume most have seen the news story of the deadly turbulence on the London>Singapore. One dead and 71 injured.

    This must have been some severe turbulence. Question to the pilots in the group: How did this happen? I would assume modern instrumentation would keep you out of such severe disturbances. What went wrong?

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/21/world...kok/index.html
    Onboard radar will detect areas of precipitation and potential turbulence associated with convective activity (https://safetyfirst.airbus.com/optim...weather-radar/). Pilots still need to interpret the radar display and make decisions on how to best avoid areas that could be dangerous. Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) associated with jet stream winds will be noted on your flight plan as areas of predicted vertical wind shear. Crews can use this data to plan cabin service and ensure pax and crew are seated and belted in when approaching potential turbulence.

    In this case, at least one news source is postulating that the crew was flying in an area of rapid thunderstorm buildup (see attached FlightAware screen grab). Thunderstorms need to be avoided both laterally and vertically. Trying to go over the top of rapidly growing thunderstorms has caused multiple aircraft incidents and accidents over the years. A thunderstorm cell can climb so quickly that an aircraft cannot safely go over the top. My $0.02: the crew in this accident tried to overfly an area of rapidly growing thunderstorms, leading to the turbulence encounter. The investigative authorities will review all the aircraft and weather data as they develop their report.

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    I would also SPECULATE (just speculating) that they flew into a convective event. This was likely not pure clear air turbulence.

    Oddly, just last week I was operating a flight from Houston to Tampa (KHOU-KTPA) and there was a report (PIREP - Pilot Report) over the Mobile area of severe turbulence at 37,000’. This was about an hour before our passage over the same point. We got the info from our company and also from ATC. There was an east-west line of storms north of us but we were well clear of this, by 40 or 50 miles at least. So in clear air. We proactively descended to 35000’ and were listening for a comment from an airplane out in front of us about 30 or 40 miles going over this spot. They reported moderate turbulence with a gain and loss of about 15 knots of airspeed, right over Mobile, AL. So we were ready for it and sure enough, that’s exactly what we got. There seemed to be no reason for it. We were quite a ways from the weather to our north and there was a crosswind that should have seemingly moved whatever was causing this bizarre turbulence off our flight path. But sure enough, we encountered it. It only lasted 10-15 seconds and I had advised the cabin crew to be seated as we transitioned the area. We got out of the area and the flight resumed uneventfully.

    Air Traffic Control was great and advised all traffic of this area of known turbulence.

    We use a couple apps on our inflight iPads that show areas of turbulence and PIREPS. Severe turbulence is pretty rare and is usually reported by Cessna 172s or similarly small airplanes as they get tossed around from low level winds and thermals. But when a larger airplane reports severe turbulence, especially in a clear air environment, it gets everyone’s attention. I’ve had honest-to-dog severe to extreme turbulence once and that was one time too many. It is not fun.
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    The photos of the cabin and galley show a real mess, with ceiling panels missing and ductwork dangling. Apparently the passenger who died had a pre-existing heart condition and it sounds like the turbulence event put him over the edge. We had quite a rollercoaster climb and cruise out of ORD last evening as apparently strong storms were quickly approaching, and sitting in the last row (27) on an Airbus A319 only made for a more "pronounced" experience.

    Backstory...I'm at the gate waiting to board and across the way, I can see a gentleman waving his ball cap in what looked to be, my direction. Turned out to be my wife's cousin and his 86yo Mother coming back from visiting his brother in LA. She needs a wheelchair to board and as the chair wasn't there yet, I boarded first and waited for them to board soon after. I then asked the FA if I could trade seats with my wife's aunt, so that she could sit in 1F. When her aunt boarded and I made the trade, she was blown away as she has never ridden up front, which made her day and quite frankly, mine too.

    We told her to take it easy on the Prosecco, and I then went to the back of the bus with my wife's cousin and we had a good time catching up on life, crammed in with the "little people" as he called it, and we shared our row with a kid rom Carnegie-Mellon, who had been visiting his folks in India. As we were going through the bumps, the kid made a comment about the turbulence, and I said "don't worry, because if we go down, at least you're sitting in the row with a priest, who will gladly read us all our last rites". The kid smiled a bit and then my wife's cousin (who is a RC priest) leaned over and said that he doesn't wear his collar when he's on vacation (he had an FBI t-shirt on as his brother is a G-Man), but he could still read us our last rights as needed and would be happy to do so, but that we needed to pass the basket first...good times were had in row 27 and 26 for that matter as we were all busting a gut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    The photos of the cabin and galley show a real mess, with ceiling panels missing and ductwork dangling. Apparently the passenger who died had a pre-existing heart condition and it sounds like the turbulence event put him over the edge. We had quite a rollercoaster climb and cruise out of ORD last evening as apparently strong storms were quickly approaching, and sitting in the last row (27) on an Airbus A319 only made for a more "pronounced" experience.

    Backstory...I'm at the gate waiting to board and across the way, I can see a gentleman waving his ball cap in what looked to be, my direction. Turned out to be my wife's cousin and his 86yo Mother coming back from visiting his brother in LA. She needs a wheelchair to board and as the chair wasn't there yet, I boarded first and waited for them to board soon after. I then asked the FA if I could trade seats with my wife's aunt, so that she could sit in 1F. When her aunt boarded and I made the trade, she was blown away as she has never ridden up front, which made her day and quite frankly, mine too.

    We told her to take it easy on the Prosecco, and I then went to the back of the bus with my wife's cousin and we had a good time catching up on life, crammed in with the "little people" as he called it, and we shared our row with a kid rom Carnegie-Mellon, who had been visiting his folks in India. As we were going through the bumps, the kid made a comment about the turbulence, and I said "don't worry, because if we go down, at least you're sitting in the row with a priest, who will gladly read us all our last rites". The kid smiled a bit and then my wife's cousin (who is a RC priest) leaned over and said that he doesn't wear his collar when he's on vacation (he had an FBI t-shirt on as his brother is a G-Man), but he could still read us our last rights as needed and would be happy to do so, but that we needed to pass the basket first...good times were had in row 27 and 26 for that matter as we were all busting a gut.
    Was the "little people" a Blade Runner reference I wonder?

    When you fly from Australia and head towards the Middle East you will encounter turbulence in the warmer areas over the Indian Ocean. Likewise if you are flying north(ish) towards other areas in Asia. I think wearing a seatbelt when you are seated is probably a sensible idea in these circumstances given what happened to the Singapore flight.

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    For the life of me I don't know why people don't wear their seatbelts when not going to the heads. I don't like to get into the territory of blaming people for their own misfortune (unless it was something actively, truly stupid), so I'm not going there. But it's like wearing a seatbelt in a car (and I live in the only state in the Union where adults don't have to (!!!)) - what possible reason might anyone have for not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monadnocky View Post
    For the life of me I don't know why people don't wear their seatbelts when not going to the heads. I don't like to get into the territory of blaming people for their own misfortune (unless it was something actively, truly stupid), so I'm not going there. But it's like wearing a seatbelt in a car (and I live in the only state in the Union where adults don't have to (!!!)) - what possible reason might anyone have for not?
    I agree. The other thing I'm uncomfortable with is the lap infant policy. It just strikes me as dangerous to have a tiny baby unsecured in any meaningful way on a vehicle moving 400+ mph through the air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBB View Post
    Was the "little people" a Blade Runner reference I wonder?
    Borrowed from Leona Helmsley’s quote of “We don’t pay taxes…only the little people pay taxes”. Her quote was made of course prior to being convicted for tax evasion. My wife’s family uses the term “little people” when making fun of each other, when on occasion someone is being snobbish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monadnocky View Post
    For the life of me I don't know why people don't wear their seatbelts when not going to the heads. I don't like to get into the territory of blaming people for their own misfortune (unless it was something actively, truly stupid), so I'm not going there. But it's like wearing a seatbelt in a car (and I live in the only state in the Union where adults don't have to (!!!)) - what possible reason might anyone have for not?
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    I agree. The other thing I'm uncomfortable with is the lap infant policy. It just strikes me as dangerous to have a tiny baby unsecured in any meaningful way on a vehicle moving 400+ mph through the air.
    People light themselves on fire, blow themselves up and electrocute themselves daily. Why would you expect them to wear a seatbelt anywhere?

    The baby thing is ridiculous though. That's just a product of cost and lack of accommodation, which is also about cost. There was a woman I saw on a recent flight from Paris who put on a baby harness and put the baby in the harness and then seat belted herself into the seat. Looked purpose made for flying because I don't think a normal Baby Bjorn or Snuggly would allow sitting in an airplane seat with a seat belt on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
    I agree. The other thing I'm uncomfortable with is the lap infant policy. It just strikes me as dangerous to have a tiny baby unsecured in any meaningful way on a vehicle moving 400+ mph through the air.
    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    People light themselves on fire, blow themselves up and electrocute themselves daily. Why would you expect them to wear a seatbelt anywhere?

    The baby thing is ridiculous though. That's just a product of cost and lack of accommodation, which is also about cost. There was a woman I saw on a recent flight from Paris who put on a baby harness and put the baby in the harness and then seat belted herself into the seat. Looked purpose made for flying because I don't think a normal Baby Bjorn or Snuggly would allow sitting in an airplane seat with a seat belt on.
    I was never comfortable with the "baby under 2 allowed to be in parent's lap" concept when I was a pilot. Once I had my own child, I was 100% against the concept. My ex and I would always purchase a ticket for our daughter when she was under age two. We would use our aircraft-approved child car seat. On one flight, a "know-it-all" flight attendant demanded that we take our daughter out of the child seat and hold her in one of our laps. When I politely disagreed with her, she said we couldn't use the seat because we hadn't paid for it. I showed her the ticket, hoping this would end the discussion amicably. Nope, she then said we couldn't use the child seat because it wasn't approved. I then flipped the seat over and showed her the approval label. Thankfully, she stopped arguing after that... Here's the FAA's official position on child seats and restraints on airlines: https://www.faa.gov/travelers/fly_ch...20or%20marking.

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    Another flying term that I really didn't want to learn…Dutch roll. Saab..hopefully you weren’t behind the stick on this flight.

    https://apnews.com/article/southwest...m_medium=share
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    Another flying term that I really didn't want to learn…Dutch roll. Saab..hopefully you weren’t behind the stick on this flight.

    https://apnews.com/article/southwest...m_medium=share
    Not me. Hope they determine the root cause. This phenomenon is real but there’s also equipment to mitigate it. The yaw damper larger cancels this in the real world in almost all airplanes.

    The yaw damper can be deferred on revenue flights but there are some operational restrictions. The article is decent and isn’t a clickbait piece. There are commercial airplanes where this equipment isn’t able to be deferred, meaning less inherent stability in the overall design. I smell no rat here. The pilots likely landed the airplane, contacted the dispatcher and maintenance department and made an entry into the logbook. Subsequent inspection revealed the damage. I was once involved in an event that was reportable to the NTSB. I got a call from a chief pilot asking what happened to supplement my written report. Heard no further. Airplanes are designed to have malfunctions and if following procedures and abnormal checklists land safely.

    Meanwhile, I can’t quit quite yet but am definitely looking forward to the day I can set the parking brake for the last time and get back on my bike if not full time, close to it. Not staying until mandatory retirement in 7.5 years, that’s for certain. The endless circus is wearing me down now that I’ve achieved all the goals I set for myself when I started on this path 28 years ago.
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    A B-29 Superfortress is flying around over the Dorptown this morning. The end of my ride was accompanied by very cool engine noise overhead. Big plane flying low and slow
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