15 People Injured As QANTAS Flight 'Stalls'
Authorities are beginning a serious incident investigation into a Qantas flight that injured fifteen passengers after a serious stall alert.
The QF29 service was nine and a half hours into a flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong last Friday when the incident, known in the industry as a 'stick shaker' warning, occurred.
The 'stick shaker' is activated in order to warn the crew of an imminent stall and as a result the controls begin to shake.
It is also being reported that the plane encountered airframe buffeting, which can cause tremors as well.
The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau has made a statement about the incident saying, "The flight crew disconnected the autopilot and manoeuvred the aircraft in response."
"Fifteen passengers received minor injuries. As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew and gather additional information", the Bureau added.
One of the injured passengers was hospitalised following the incident, but has since been released.
Qantas have confirmed the incident with a spokesperson stating, "Customers on QF29 experienced unexpected in-flight turbulence when travelling from Melbourne to Hong Kong."
This is a serious event and should not be taken lightly, but if you're already terrified of flying you shouldn't panic about this happening to you on your next flight.
Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas has claimed that, "A stick shaker is an extremely rare event and very, very serious".