T pilot. 18 flight from Phoenix to Honolulu said conditions had smoothed out. When a smoke plume appeared in front of an Airbus A330.
A pilot on a Hawaiian Airlines flight said a plume-like cloud “shot.” The front of the plane shortly before the severe turbulence. That injured more than two dozen people. And damaged the plane last month, federal officials said Friday.
A pilot on the Dec. 18 flight from Phoenix to Honolulu said conditions were smooth. And the on-board weather radar showed no turbulence. As they flew over a layer of cirrostratus clouds at an altitude of 37,000 to 38,000 feet. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report on the incident.
Just after 10 a.m., when the flight was 40 minutes from landing. A “cloud rose vertically (like a haze) in front of the plane within seconds and did not have enough time to deflect,.” The report said. . .
The pilot told the lead flight attendant about the incoming weather and between 1 and 3 seconds. The plane – an Airbus A330 – plowed into what the report described. As “severe sensory induced turbulence”.
“Shortly after the turbulence-related disaster, the chief flight attendant informed the flight crew. That there were many injuries in the cabin,” the report said.
A next review of satellite images by the report’s authors showed. That strong cells associated with a storm system moving toward. Hawaii were close to the flight path, according to the report.
No other pilot had reported severe weather in the area before the incident, the report said.
Twenty-five of the 291 passengers and crew aboard. The Hawaiian Airlines flight suffered cuts. Bruises, nausea and head injuries, officials said at the time.
According to the report, six of the injured are serious. Reports described the damage to the plane as minor.