A passenger on a recent Air India flight learned this the hard way (quite literally) when her window panel popped out of its frame and knocked her "upside the head" while the aircraft was at 15,000 feet. Three passengers were treated for minor injuries on arrival. The turbulence caused panic among passengers as an interior panel covering a window fell off due to the turbulence.
Air India, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board are probing the incident, reported PTI.
The mid-air drama came after a woman died when another engine fire caused an explosion to suck the victim from one of the plane's window.
The Times of India said Delhi and North India have seen strong winds and sand storms in recent days, although it was not clear whether that had led to the turbulence.
One of the passengers hit her head on the overboard cabin because her seat belt was not fastened. The outside window did not break and there was no de-pressurization.
"This was a freak high level turbulence". The aircraft, which was flying from Amritsar in Punjab and had over 240 passengers on board, was also damaged.
Shocking footage from inside the Air India flight shows it was so severe it knocked a window panel off. Cracks also emerged on the overhead panel cover of seat 12-U.
In October 2014, a Singapore Airlines Airbus A-380 encountered a similar situation while descending to land at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
The plane, a six-year-old Boeing 787 Dreamliner, had taken off from Amritsar on Thursday at 2.50pm.
The packed plane was rocked by the massive turbulence for more than half of the journey and the 240 passengers on the plane were visibly terrified, with some in tears.
Upon landing in New Delhi, the injured passengers were taken to the hospital.