Thursday, 14 September 2017

Kaos in the air / flights cancelled and air hostesses hospitalised

Severe wind conditions have caused havoc in the air over the last two days.

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-VUE (CN 34167)      File Photo

First of all; yesterday two Virgin flight attendants were hospitalised, one with a broken leg, after a Melbourne to Adelaide flight experienced severe turbulence.
Virgin flight VA233 (VH-VUE) departed Melbourne on runway 27 at 4.35pm and hit unexpected severe turbulence on its descent into Adelaide. It landed on runway 23 in Adelaide at 5.13pm Adelaide time and the male and female flight attendants were taken to hospital. No passengers were injured during this flight.

Then today up to 90 flights were cancelled in and out of Sydney Airport as strong winds buffeted the runways. With wind gusts at the airport of up to 72km/h planes were restricted to using only one runway due to the gusty conditions. The strong winds disrupted the airport for most of the day with some customers experiencing delays of around 90 minutes or more. Qantas cancelled about 35 flights while an estimated 40 Virgin flights were impacted.
The winds are forecast to persist tomorrow morning but will ease throughout the day.
Due to a backlog, domestic passengers arriving into and leaving from Sydney Airport are being urged to check their flight details with their airlines.

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