Editor’s Picks

Everything You Need To Know About Aircraft Turbulence And What Causes It

With recent cases of Clear Air Turbulence on the rise, experts say use of enhanced weather radar systems and satellite-based tracking offer better forecasting, allowing pilots to navigate flight paths and avoid turbulence

Aircraft Turbulence/Representational Photo: Shutterstock

On May 24, 2024, a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to London encountered severe Clear Air Turbulence (CAT). Despite being in clear skies, the aircraft experienced sudden and intense turbulence, leaving one dead (due to a suspected heart attack) while leaving other passengers and crew members severely injured. This followed another incident on May 26, 2024, when 12 people (including six crew members) onboard a Dublin-bound Qatar Airways flight sustained injuries due to turbulence. Both incidents occurred without prior warning. To understand the unpredictable nature of turbulence and its various aspects, we spoke to Shakti Lumba, former Executive Director of Alliance Air and Vice President of Operations at IndiGo.