Is Airplane Turbulence Truly Dangerous?

Unexpected turbulence can cause planes to jostle and lurch, sometimes violently. In severe cases, the overhead bins fly open and passengers can sustain bruises and other injuries. However, those without seat belts are in far more danger than anyone else, which is why members of the flight crew are injured at much higher rates than passengers. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The scientific definition of turbulence is the irregular, chaotic, and unpredictable flow of a fluid, such as air or water. 00:29

  2. Mountain ranges create turbulence when they force wind upwards into swirling waves. 01:39

  3. The tips of airplane wings cause vortices of wake turbulence. 02:36

Written by Curiosity Staff November 25, 2015

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