Latest Southwest Hawaii Flight Hits Extreme Turbulence
Last Monday, a flight that a Southwest passenger described as a “roller coaster ride” occurred after their Boeing 737 MAX8 plane encountered severe turbulence while departing Honolulu for the mainland. The video below shows the audible fear that followed. At the same time, the passenger commended the pilot and crew of Southwest. There was no official comment from Southwest about the event.
The video’s author said: “The bumpy climb on #southwestairlines last from Honolulu night!! Pilot and crew were great! Passengers deserve an Oscar for Best Performance in a Disaster Movie. 😂✈️
Others commented: “Yikes! He doesn’t joke that it’s like a roller coaster ride — watching the cabin wobble and fall in the extreme turbulence looks intense. I hope everyone had their puke bags handy for this rough ride. Is it just us, or have videos of crazy bad turmoil been taking over social media lately? This stuff is scary…”
While turbulence can be dangerous, it doesn’t pose a serious threat to the aircraft itself, and as long as you’re buckled into your seat in the event of a crash, you’ll be safe from most potential hazards. Still, such violent turbulence is enough to make even the calmest of fliers nervous, let alone those with a severe flight phobia!
@atomic_lock #southwestairlines #Turbulence #texas #helen ♬ Original sound – JP’s Atomic Lock
We’ve all heard enough of severe turbulence on Hawaiian flights, especially since December’s epic turbulence at Hawaiian Airlines, which injured dozens of passengers and crew.
If the pilot announces turbulence – be careful!
As our pilot friends who commented have said, when the pilot comes over the intercom to warn passengers of turbulence, you can usually expect something significant is about to happen. But while you expect rough flying, you still don’t expect this. When terrible turbulence hits, they can hit seriously hard and be extremely scary.
Other recent incidents in Hawaii raise concerns and questions.
The problem of turbulence on Hawaii flights was exacerbated by December’s flight turbulence at Hawaiian Airlines with mass injuries that occurred just before the plane descended on approach to Honolulu. The United Airlines incident followed last month. We’re not sure if this classifies as turbulence or something else. Despite this, after takeoff, the plane plummeted to within 750 feet of the Pacific Ocean before regaining its climb and heading for land.
Finally, three incidents outside of Hawaii raised global concerns. The first was the Lufthansa A330 (pictured above), which was diverted to Washington DC earlier this month after unexpected turbulence at cruising altitude caused at least seven injuries severe enough to require hospitalization. In this case, some passengers reported that they were not wearing seat belts and that the turbulence came out of nowhere. It is not clear whether or not the seat belt sign was illuminated at the time.
Second, a woman died earlier this month after the business jet she was flying in encountered “severe turbulence”. There may also have been aircraft problems to blame, it has been reported. The plane was diverted to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. According to the FAA, the Bombardier CL30 jet was flying from Keene, New Hampshire, to Virginia when the incident occurred.
And last week, another Southwest flight between Maryland and North Carolina encountered severe turbulence that caused passengers to vomit and more. Turbulence occurred while descending to Raleigh, resulting in an emergency being declared and the aircraft being diverted to Murtle Beach instead.
Is the turbulence that much worse than before?
We don’t just imagine it. And the topic has certainly become a major topic of conversation among travelers. Some experts believe this is only going to get worse. A team from the University of Reading in the UK has investigated this and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject. One of the team members there said: “There is a possibility that it will get a lot bumpier. The more temperatures rise, the more likely it is that turbulence will increase more.”
More turbulence and flight changes ahead.
The British research team estimates that there could be three times more turbulence between 2050 and 2080.
What will airlines do? It is suggested that they will make greater efforts to avoid possible turbulence-causing weather conditions. This means more fuel, longer flight time and, in the end, more costs for the passengers as this phenomenon is gradually taken into account.
case study. Not long ago, two of the BOH editors returned to Hawaii from New York with a connection in San Jose. Due to severe thunderstorm weather, their flight was forced to fly north instead of west to Ottawa, Ontario before continuing on to its destination in San Jose. The flight arrived at SJC almost six hours late due to the diversion and an unexpected refueling stop in mid-continent, necessitating the weather diversion.
Have you experienced turbulence?