Four injured as Sri Lankan Airlines flight encounters severe turbulence

Four injured as Sri Lankan Airlines flight encounters severe turbulence

Four injured as Sri Lankan Airlines flight encounters severe turbulence

Written by Staff Writer

18 Jun, 2015 | 10:08 pm

At least four crew members were injured when a Sri Lankan Airlines flight from Paris to Colombo encountered severe turbulence.

According to the media spokesperson for Sri Lankan Airlines Deepal Perera, the flight met with turbulent weather upon entering Sri Lankan air space but pilots succeeded in landing the flight safely without injuring any of the passengers.

Sri Lankan Airlines’ Colombo-bound UL 564 from Paris had 193 passengers and 16 crew members onboard when the incident occurred.

Chief Pilot A330 – A340, Captain Janaka Perera noted that the flight was 39,000 ft over the Arabian Sea, close to India and 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Colombo when the turbulent weather prevailed. He added that with the help and advice of two doctors who were onboard the flight, the decision was made to reach Colombo.

The injured crew members of the flight, which landed safely in Sri Lanka at 5:21 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, were rushed to hospital.

Both the chief pilot and co-pilot of the Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL 564 have 20 years of flight experience each. Sri Lankan Airlines had taken measures to obtain two reports over the incident as of Thursday evening.

According to Capt. Perera, it is mandatory to present a report on any incident that takes place. Those reports are then examined, and why the incident occurred and how such incidents can be prevented are looked into. Capt. Janaka also noted that Sri Lankan Airlines is on top in safety records, a feat achieved because of the maintenance of the aircrafts and experience of the airline’s pilots.

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