Window Falls Apart During Air India Plane Turbulence, Injuring Three People

Severe turbulence in Air India flight window panel falls off three injured- Watch

VIDEO: Air India Dreamliner's window panel falls off mid-flight

According to Times Of India, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (VT-ANI) ran into severe turbulence for 10 to 15 minutes during climb phase from 8,000 feet to 21,000 feet.

A purported 50-second long video clip of happenings inside that flight showed an air hostess trying to fix the window panel that came off and pacifying an elderly woman passenger seated on that particular window seat. "Passengers were naturally terrified", sources told TOI.

One passenger, who was believed to have been sitting with his seat belt unfastened, suffered injuries after hitting his head on an overhead cabin while two others sustained minor injuries.

"This was a freak high level turbulence. AI and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are probing it", a senior Air India official said.

It's been nearly a month since the civil aviation ministry came out with the preliminary information memorandum (PIM) on Air India's strategic disinvestment.

The incident happened on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (VTANI) soon after the flight took off from Amristar.

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The flight which left Amritsar was headed toward Delhi, a journey which should have only taken around 30 minutes according to The Times of India.

Adding to the fear, a couple of oxygen masks had also deployed and the overhead panel cover of seat 12-U got cracks.

The airline equivalent of a "wardrobe malfunction" reportedly caused panic on the flight, but a viral video of the incident, captured by a steady-handed passenger, showed that all 240 passengers onboard were remarkably composed (I would have gone into Bollywood-esque hysterics before passing out). The passenger whose head hit the overhead panel got stitches.

She was rushed to hospital immediately after hero pilot Tammie Jo Shults took the plane into a sharp descent and made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport at 11.27am.

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