WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — A enterprise jet was buffeted by extreme turbulence over New England, inflicting the loss of life of a passenger and forcing the plane to divert to Bradley Worldwide Airport in Connecticut, officers stated Saturday.
5 individuals have been aboard the Bombardier government jet that was shaken by turbulence late Friday afternoon whereas touring from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia, stated Sarah Sulick, a spokesperson for the Nationwide Transportation Security Board.
The extent of the injury was unclear and the NTSB didn’t present particulars on the reason for loss of life. The jet is owned by Conexon, a telecommunications firm based mostly in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, in accordance with a Federal Aviation Administration database. The corporate declined remark Saturday.
NTSB investigators have been interviewing the 2 crew members and surviving passengers as a part of a probe into the lethal encounter with turbulence, Sulick stated. The jet’s cockpit voice and knowledge recorders have been despatched to NTSB headquarters for evaluation, she stated.
Turbulence, which is unstable air within the ambiance, stays a trigger for damage for airline passengers regardless of airline security enhancements over time.
Earlier this week, seven individuals have been harm badly sufficient to be transported to hospitals after a Lufthansa Airbus A330 skilled turbulence whereas flying from Texas to Germany. The airplane was diverted to Virginia’s Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport.
Turbulence accounted for greater than a third of accidents on bigger business airways between 2009 and 2018, in accordance with the NTSB.