At least 40 people, passengers and crew members, were injured after cabin luggage fell on flyers as a SpiceJet plane – a Boeing B737 aircraft operating flight SG -945 from Mumbai to Durgapur – hit a massive storm turbulence in mid-air on Sunday evening following extreme bad weather ,before attempting a landing at Kazi Nazrul Islam airport in West Bengal’s Durgapur. The aircraft managed to land safely.Immediate medical assistance was provided upon arrival in Durgapur. At least 12 sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospitals. Dr Tapan Kumar Ray of the Andal hospital stated that one passenger was severely injured and had to be referred to a spine surgeon. “Today, SpiceJet Boeing B737 aircraft operating flight SG-945 from Mumbai to Durgapur encountered severe turbulence during descent which unfortunately resulted in injuries to a few passengers,” SpiceJet spokesperson said in a statement. “SpiceJet expresses its regret at this unfortunate incident and is providing all possible medical help to the injured,” he also stated.
The aircraft had 188 passengers. Turbulence is caused by the relative movement of disturbed air through which an aircraft is flying. It may occur either within or clear of cloud. SpiceJet is an Indian low-cost airline, the second largest airline in the country by number of domestic passengers carried. As of November 2019, SpiceJet operated 630 flights daily to 52 Indian and 12 international destinations.