Crazy Video: Flight Attendant Popping Boeing 787 Window Back into Place During Turbulence

On Thursday an Air India Boeing 787-8, a six year old plane, was flying Amritsar to Delhi with 236 passengers onboard. When it was climbing out above 8000 feet flight toward 15,000 feet AI462 encountered significant turbulence. The flight reportedly “experienced vertical accelerations up to 3G.”

Three passengers were injured, one not wearing his seatbelt was thrown upward and bumped his head against the ceiling. Passenger service units dropped down. And an interior window separated from the aircraft. Which is how we get this incredible video of a flight attendant popping the plane’s window back on.

The flight attendant in the video appears to reassure the woman in the window seat, who looks shaken.

The plane completed its 257 mile flight to Delhi, where the injured passengers were taken to the hospital. The air frame wasn’t damaged, but the aircraft remained on the ground for 24 hours before departing Delhi.

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Comments

  1. @justin – no kidding…popping an insert back into place is NOT the same thing as pushing a window back into the fuselage hole…

  2. Yea the headline is misleading. Its not like the frickin window came out and there was a giant hole in the side of the plane.

  3. Gary – having taken a few flights in your lifetime, surely you’d know the difference between a window and an interior window trim. So, which one is it – clickbait or ignorance?

  4. DGCA issued a grounding order for the airframe (VT-ANI) until assessment of structural damage could be completed, so it was a far more serious issue than just a panel needing to be popped back in. Fortunately nothing derogatory was detected but it could have been a lot worse.

  5. @sean – I’m sure the grounding was from the massive uplift they experienced, not solely from the window trim coming off. You’re right it was far more serious but the window was merely a symptom of the overall problem

  6. Am I tempting fate by suggesting that turbulence seems to be less common now than it was 30 or 40 years ago? In truth, I haven’t a clue but it just seems that way.

  7. @paulo: Yes, I think you’re correct. With more airplane’s flying, more “lift” is being used up and pretty soon all available “lifting force” will have to be allocated.

    Shortages of everything. Especially turbulence.

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