Airplane turbulence | Common, but rarely fatal

Although turbulence is a relatively common phenomenon in aviation, it rarely causes accidents like that of the Singapore Airlines flight in which one passenger died and 104 others were injured on Tuesday. The flight control teacher at the Charlesbourg Transport Training Center (CFTC) Pierre Gauthier answered our questions on turbulence to better understand this atmospheric phenomenon.

How does turbulence occur?

Turbulence can be associated with a jet stream. It is an accumulation of air particles which will occur at high altitude, at the junction between cold air and hot air. Where the two air masses meet, the wind can reach more than 300 km/h.

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