NEW DELHI: A Vistara Mumbai-Kolkata flight on Monday encountered severe turbulence during descent. Some passengers were injured and at least three were taken to hospital at the destination for medical examination.
A Vistara spokesperson said: “Flight UK775 operating Mumbai-Kolkata on June 7 2021, encountered severe turbulence 15 minutes before landing. According to preliminary reports, the turbulence caused injuries to a few passengers, who were provided first aid during flight and immediate medical assistance upon arrival in Kolkata. We are saddened by this unfortunate experience our customers had, and are closely monitoring the health status of those injured. We are investigating the incident on priority, and will share a further update at the earliest.”
Vistara’s Boeing 737-8 (VT-TGE, that was in Jet Airways fleet) operating as UK 775 encountered severe turbulence between flight level 20,000 feet and 17,000 feet.
“There were 113 passengers onboard. Three passengers after review at airport medical facility were taken to hospital. One passenger has been discharged while other two are undergoing x-ray to see if they have suffered any injuries,” said sources.
Pre-monsoon weather conditions have begun affecting flights in the region. On Sunday (June 6), IndiGo’s Bengaluru-Kolkata flight had to divert to Ranchi due to wind shear at the destination.
The Airbus A320 neo (VT-IZA) took off around 3 pm as 6E-997 and was approaching its destination when it experienced wind shear — a sudden change of wind velocity and/or direction. The crew then decided to divert to Ranchi, where it landed safely.