You may have heard the recent story about the airplane accident near Singapore this past week and how the injuries and one death were linked to atmospheric turbulence. If you’ve ever flown, you have likely experienced some uncomfortable turbulence yourself. Here is a good video explanation for what turbulence is and how it affects the airplane from a pilot friend of mine, Shem Malmquist. The best solution to avoid trouble when flying is to keep your seat belt buckled at all times when you are in your seat. While turbulence is uncomfortable and at times may be scary, the chances of it causing a plane crash are very small. It is the most dangerous for the flight crew, who are often moving around the cabin serving food and drinks and are not buckled in, and many of the injuries in the recent flight were to the flight attendants.

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