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  1. Clear Air Turbulence
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    • How many airline accident in Japan from 1900 to 2008 were due to turbulence?
      1. 29. That is half of the accidents
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    • What causes turbulence during flights?
      1. Changing weather and topographic conditions
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    • What does clear air turbulence look like?
      1. Window direction and velocity change significantly inside clear air turbulence. This causes the aircraft to shake violently.
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  2. Understanding airplane turbulence
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    • What causes turbulence?
      1. Two columns of air moving at different speeds.
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    • What is the jet stream?
      1. A river of air above the ground that moves 150 to 200 miles per hour.
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    • What should pilots do when you hit turbulence?
      1. If you can you want to pull back on the power because the slower you are going the less the impact.
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    • Can turbulence bring the plane down?
      1. He does not know of any case where that has happened. The best thing a passenger can do is keep seatbelt fastened.
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  3. Turbulence Explainer: Does Severe Turbulence Cause Plane Crashes?
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    • Can turbulence cause a plane to crash?
      1. Yes, but very unlikely. In 1966 a British airway captain strayed from its path over Tokyo to see My Fuji. It experience 150 mile per wind and tore tail off. This was 40 years ago and the technology planes are made off can handle this type of winds n
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    • What are the two types of turbulence?
      1. Storm related which when water vapor condenses into droplets which heats air and makes it rise quickly. Pilots can change altitude and direction to get out of it. Clear air turbulence is harder to detect it happens when two air masses contact each o
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  4. American Airlines Flight Dangerous Turbulence ABC News
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    • How many people get injured per year from turbulence?
      1. On average 58.
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    • How many people have died from turbulence from the past 30 years?
      1. Only 3 people have died.
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