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Severe Turbulence Almost Flips Plane Over Mid-Flight
« on: October 28, 2022, 06:00:01 AM »

Airplane passengers were in for a wild ride Wednesday morning when severe turbulence over southwestern Ohio nearly flipped a plane over mid-flight.
National Weather Service (NWS) describes turbulence as one of the most unpredictable weather phenomena, according to its website. The rough, bumpy ride passengers experience is the result of irregular air motion caused by eddies and vertical currents.
On Wednesday, the flight encountered "severe" turbulence, which is the third of four levels of severity. Severe turbulence can cause pilots to momentarily lose control of the aircraft. National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center (NWS AWC) tweeted the information because of the pilot's uncommon report of the weather event.

"We don't see pilot reports like this every day: 'PILOT SAID ALMOST FLIPPED OVER,'" the tweet from NWS AWC said. The tweet also included an image of a map showing where various airplanes, including the one in question, were in the Midwest at the time of the incident.

NWS AWC told Newsweek the flight was a small plane with a private pilot. The flight was near the eastern Indiana border at around 10:45 a.m. ET when it encountered turbulence.

While most cases of turbulence lead to a few annoying bumps for passengers, passengers in the Ohio flight likely experienced something a little more dramatic. NWS describes severe turbulence as causing "occupants of the airplane [to be] forced violently against their seat belts."

Turbulence rarely crashes a plane, even in severe instances. However, planes have suffered structural failure after entering cumulus clouds accompanied by severe turbulence and crashed, according to a HuffPost report, but that tended to happen in the earlier days of flying and not so much in modern times.