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World’s most turbulent air routes revealed

Aviation experts disclose which part of aeroplane is safest during massive turbulence

By Web Desk
May 28, 2024
 
Turbulence affects tens of thousands of flights every year. — Rustourism News/File
Turbulence affects tens of thousands of flights every year. — Rustourism News/File

For many individuals, the hardest part of flying is turbulence. Though it occurs surprisingly frequently, it can often be terrifying, even for the most frequent travellers.

Recently, two separate incidents occurred on Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airlines, where several people got injured due to the severe turbulence, Mirror reported.

A Boeing 777 plane from London to Singapore suffered extreme turbulence and plunged 6,000 feet in a matter of seconds, killing one and injuring several.

while a Qatar Airways flight encountered turbulence above Turkey, injuring 12 passengers and crew.

What is turbulence?

As described by the National Weather Service, turbulence is the "irregular motion of the air resulting from eddies and vertical currents." 

The National Centre for Atmospheric Research estimates that every year, over 65,000 flights experience moderate turbulence, while approximately 5,500 flights experience severe turbulence.

Here are the 10 flights that have the highest chance of turbulence

  • Santiago to Santa Cruz
  • Almaty to Bishkek
  • Lanzhou to Chengdu
  • Centrair to Sendai
  • Milan to Geneva
  • Lanzhou to Xianyang
  • Osaka to Sendai
  • Xianyang to Chengdu
  • Xianyang to Chongqing
  • Milan to Zurich

Which part of aeroplane is safest during turbulence?

As per reports, the centre of the plane is least affected by wind, drag, and lift. In addition, the front of the plane experiences less noticeable effects of turbulence than the seats in the back, as they are more affected by wind hitting the tail of the aircraft.